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Certification for Educators Prepared by Non Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Approved Preparation Programs

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How do I obtain certification if I completed a non PDE state approved certification preparation program?

How do I qualify for certification?

​Does Pennsylvania have reciprocity with other states?

​What tests do I need to pass to qualify for certification?

When should I take the tests?

​How should I send my test scores to PDE?

​Are tests taken in other states acceptable for PA certification?

​What documents do I need to submit to complete my application?

​Do I need to submit clearance documents to PDE?

​Should my college send transcripts directly to PDE?

​Can I obtain a temporary certificate while my application is under review?

​How do I check the status of my application?

What does my application status mean?

​Once my application has been approved, will my certificate be mailed?

​Who should I contact if I have questions regarding this process?