Pennsylvania educators who hold any Instructional or Intern certificate may add instructional content areas by testing alone with no additional coursework required. A PA instructional educator must take and pass the content area test for any
acceptable subject areas to obtain additional certification areas.
Educators must achieve the
passing score listed on the
Certification Test and Score Requirements chart. You may
NOT use the GPA score options for testing add-ons.
After you have passed the appropriate content area test and confirmed it has been received by PDE under View My Test Scores on File from your TIMS dashboard,
you must submit an application for the new subject area. Applications must be submitted through the
Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).
The following excluded areas require the completion of a state approved certification program including testing:
- American Sign Language (Hearing Impaired PK-12 (9205) instructional certificate holders who pass the ASL content test may add the subject area to their certificate through testing only.)
- Cooperative Education
- Health and Physical Education
- Reading Specialist
- all Special Education areas
Educators who currently hold the Grades PK-4 certificate can add-on Grades 5-6 based on testing alone. This policy does not pertain to any subject area except Grades PK-4.
Reading Specialists assigned to teach English Language Arts after the 2017-18 school year must obtain an Instructional Add-On for an English Designation Grades 4-8 by taking and passing the Pennsylvania Grades 4-8: Subject Concentration – English Language Arts (5156) Praxis test and applying in TIMS. This designation by testing is available only to those holding a Reading Specialist PK-12 certificate.
Per Act 82, current PA Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7-12 educators can add the opposite special education grade scope expansion by obtaining a passing score (no GPA option) on the opposite grade scope special education test. This testing option is available ONLY to PA educators who already hold either the Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7-12 certificate. This testing option does not require that the educator hold a content area certificate in the corresponding grade span. Educators will apply for the
special education expansion certificate when applying in TIMS.