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Certificates of Preliminary Education

Certificates of Preliminary Education (CPE) are issued in the following areas:

  • Funeral Director verifying 60 liberal arts credits required for individuals entering a funeral director program.
  • CPE Nursing Program-Foreign Education verifying a high school diploma earned in a foreign country required for individuals entering a Pennsylvania nursing program.
    • Original or notarized photocopy of a foreign evaluation report is required.  Report must be completed by a professional credential evaluation agency accredited by the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). This evaluation must show the U.S. equivalent of your foreign education. 
  • CPE Nursing Program-Out of State GED verifying a high school GED earned out of state required for individuals entering a Pennsylvania nursing program.
Applications for Certificates of Preliminary Education must be submitted through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).  Only one certification area may be selected per application.  If more areas of certification are requested, a separate application must be completed for each area of certification.