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Pennsylvania's teacher intern certification is a professional certificate that entitles the holder to fill a full-time professional teaching position. The teacher intern certification program is an alternate route to certification through an approved Pennsylvania program provider.
Yes. For a list of PDE approved Intern programs and providers refer to Approved Certification Programs.
- Be of good moral character
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a United States citizen or a legal permanent resident holding a valid green card
- Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree
- Enroll in a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved Intern program; a minimum 3.0 GPA is required to enter the program
- Secure a full-time or long-term substitute position in your content area(s)
- Meet all testing requirements
- Submit an online application through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS)
- The PDE approved Intern program provider must verify program enrollment through TIMS
For more information, refer to your TIMS summary page or Certification Testing and Scores.
All required tests must be taken and passed before an intern certificate can be issued. The basic skills tests are not required for the instructional intern certificate.
The testing company reports your scores electronically to PDE if you specify PDE as a score recipient when you register for your tests. If you have already taken your tests and did not request PDE as a score recipient, contact the appropriate company.
Yes. Your approved Intern program provider needs your test scores, therefore, you should list them as a score recipient when registering.
No. The Intern certificate is only issued for instructional subject areas. It is not applicable for professionals seeking certification as educational specialists, administrators or supervisors.
The Instructional Teacher Intern certificate is valid for three years of service. Validity is determined by service time, not calendar years.
The Career and Technology Teacher Intern certificate is valid for three calendar years from date of issuance.
No. The Intern certificate cannot be renewed.
Yes. An Intern certificate may be revoked for the following reasons:
- If you are not continuously enrolled in a PDE approved Intern program
- If you are dismissed for cause and/or convicted of a crime
Yes. You may serve as a long-term substitute.
Yes. You may serve as a day to day substitute; however, this will not count toward the required student teaching.
Yes. You must pass additional content test(s) to add areas. Some areas require a certification program.
Always refer to your TIMS application coversheet and only send the required documents listed.
NOTE: If your coversheet only lists "Other," you are not required to submit any documentation. Please do not mail in the coversheet by itself as it is not needed.
Submit clearance documents to PDE only if you answered "yes" to any of the background questions on your application. Check your TIMS coversheet for a list of required documents.
No. Transcripts are not required because you are in a PDE approved Intern program.
No. There are no provisions for a temporary certificate while an application is under review. You may not begin teaching until your certificate is issued. To substitute, a public school may ask you to obtain an emergency permit by submitting a permit request through TIMS.
Access your TIMS dashboard and look to the left side of your screen under "Application(s) in Process." Your status will be in the third column. You may also check the status of your application on Search for an Educator.
No. Paper certificates are no longer printed and mailed. You must log back on to your TIMS dashboard to print an unofficial copy. Certification can only be verified through TIMS or the public link Search for an Educator.
- If you have questions regarding your Intern program, testing, GPA etc. you should contact your approved Intern program provider.
- If you have questions regarding a TIMS application contact the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.