CSPG 5 - Evaluation of Credentials for Individuals Prepared Outside of the United States
Modified: October 1, 2022
- Foreign Credentials
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation agency accredited by the Association of International Credential Evaluators. Inc. (AICE); National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES); or an agency approved by another U.S. state department of education in order to obtain the approving state's educator credential.
Contact the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality if you wish to utilize the services of an agency that is not a member of AICE or NACES to make sure it is recognized. Pennsylvania does not endorse or recommend any individual credential evaluation service.
The evaluation agency must provide a report that includes:
- An English translation and credit/degree evaluation of all foreign credentials;
- The U.S. equivalent of all earned degrees;
- An overall Grade Point Average (GPA);
- A course-by-course evaluation showing the U.S. equivalency in terms of semester hour college credit and the level of the coursework; and
- Verification that the candidate holds the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate (bachelor's) or graduate degree earned at a nationally and/or regionally accredited college or university.
- The original or notarized photocopy of the foreign evaluation report must be submitted with photocopies of the foreign credentials.
Candidates who are not U.S. citizens must:
- Submit a photocopy of the front and back of their
valid permanent resident immigrant visa; and
- Submit a completed “Declaration of Intent to Become a Citizen of the United States" form.
Citizenship documentation is not required for:
- World language instructional and emergency permit;
- Letter of Eligibility;
- Commission Qualification Letter;
- Commission; or
- Type 08 (Exchange Teacher, Cultural Exchange, or Visiting Scholar) emergency permit.
- English Oral Proficiency Test
citizen applicants educated solely in a foreign country where the primary and
official language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in understanding
and speaking the English language. An
advanced-mid score is required on the American Council for the Teaching of
Foreign Languages (ACTFL) English Language, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Register for this test on the
are native speakers of a foreign language must still complete a state approved
teacher certification program that meets the established General Standards and Subject
Specific Program Guidelines for Foreign Language.
24 P.S. §12-1202; 22 Pa. Code §§49.63, 49.171
This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous CSPG printing dates on this subject: 1/87, 7/04, 7/09.
Summary of Changes
|Added the acceptance of master’s or higher degrees
for certification in lieu of bachelor’s degrees, as per Chapter 49.
(e.g. grammar mechanics). No policy
|Added AICE, federal and other state Department of Education
approved agencies to the foreign evaluation options.
- Notarization of foreign documents (Declaration of Intent to Become a United States Citizen, Green Cards, I-551 stamps, visas, Certificates of U.S. Naturalization) is no longer required.
- Candidates whose native language is not English, or who were educated solely outside of the United States, will take the ACTFL English Oral Proficiency Test and not the SPEAK test.
- Candidates must hold a valid immigrant visa to be issued an Emergency Permit. Employment Authorization Cards are no longer accepted for certification purposes.