In addition to engaging in the education and psychology coursework listed under Program Requirements, undergraduate teacher certification candidates must also meet the following State course and GPA requirements and pass several tests offered by the Educational Testing Service. They must also align their major coursework to the State's requirements for teachers in their specific subject area. For information about courses required in the various certification areas, select the appropriate certification area to the left (English, Mathematics, etc.).
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that certification candidates meet the following course and GPA requirements:
Students applying for certification must pass the following tests:
Once they have satisfactorily completed the certification program, certification candidates complete a "new credential application" for an Instructional I certificate in their subject area in TIMS, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's on-line teacher information management system. Certification candidates are responsible for paying the $100 certification application fee.
Pennsylvania is among the states that have signed the NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) Interstate Agreement, which "facilitates the movement of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC." Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. Receiving states may impose certain special requirements which must be met in a reasonable period of time. For more information, including the names of states who signed the agreement, go to the NASDTEC site.
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