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You can obtain an application from any Pennsylvania
school district. Students attending any approved Pennsylvania college or
university of teacher education can obtain a copy from their school. The
Department of Education does not have copies of the application available;
however, you can obtain a copy by downloading it directly from the links above.
Act 107 of 1996 requires that all school
districts use the application for teaching positions. school districts, however,
are permitted to supplement the application with other application
A school district may ask
applicants to complete a supplemental sheet(s) containing additional questions
that were not asked on the standard application.
Yes, the main reason for having a standard
application is to make it easier for applicants to apply to a number of school
districts. However, if you complete the application and make copies please
remember to do the following:
Page 5. You must place the name of the school district
that you are applying to after the words "officials of" in the Certification and
You must complete the date and sign the application.
Your signature must be an original signed in ink.
The essay can be handwritten, typed or prepared on a
computer using word processing software.
school districts want copies of both documents: Letters of reference and the
final student teaching evaluation, if available.
section is to be completed by applicants who have not been previously employed
in a teaching position.
Intermediate units and vocational-technical schools
are not required by Act 107 of 1996 to use the standard application. It is
optional for them to use it. Please contact these organizations to determine if
they are using the standard application.
No, Act 107 of 1996 only requires that the application be
used by individuals eligible for or in possession of instructional, vocational
instructional, intern or vocational intern teaching certificates. In other
words, the application is only required for teaching positions. It is optional
for school districts to use the application for non-teaching
who are U.S. military veterans should include that information on page 4 under
the section, "Other Qualifications."
The School Services Unit in the Department of
Education can send you a packet of information about the Criminal History Record
Information. They can be contacted at (717) 783-3750.
The effective date for using the standard application
was January 1, 1997. An updated form (PDE-353A) was initiated March 1, 1999.
The most recent update is dated July 26, 2001.
Yes, the application is to be
used for all teaching positions in school districts.
The Department of Education has advised school districts
that the revised application is to be given to new applicants, effective March
1, 1999, and it is not necessary or recommended to have current applicants
complete the revised application. However, you may want to check with these
school districts to determine how long your current application will be
maintained in their active recruitment files.