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Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: (610) 526-5376
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370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041-1392

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Applying for Certification

To apply for PA certification, students complete an on-line “New Credential Application” for an “Instructional I” certificate in their certification area (e.g., English, 7-12) using the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). The certification application fee, which students are responsible for paying by credit card on-line or by money order by mail, is $125.00.

How to access TIMS

  • Register for a Log In: Go to Under "I WOULD LIKE TO," click on "Access my PDE applications." Under "Log In," select "Register," then complete the registration instructions.
  • Once registered, log in. At the bottom under "My PDE applications," select "TIMS," then press "Go."

On the "Home" page, select "complete a new credential application" for an "Instructional I" certificate in your subject area (e.g., Mathematics, 7-12). Haverford students: even though our program is bi-college, you will need to state that you completed a teacher preparation program at Bryn Mawr College.

How to calculate your GPA

  • Undergraduates: Use your cumulative GPA on your final transcript.
  • Post-baccalaureate students: Bryn Mawr College graduates: Use your cumulative GPA on your final transcript (it factors in your undergraduate and post-bacc course grades). Haverford College graduates and Bryn Mawr graduate students: (Undergraduate GPA x # of courses) + (Bryn Mawr College GPA x # of courses) / (UG + Bryn Mawr course units) = Certification Program GPA

Undergraduates only: How to Report Your Basic Skills Assessment (SAT, ACT, or PAPA)

If you took the PAPA, your score was sent directly to the PA Department of Education. You do not need to take further action.

If you met the Basic Skills Assessment requirement with your SAT or ACT score, you have to submit a score report to the PA Department of Education in one of the following ways:

  • Submit an official test score in the vendor-sealed envelope and a TIMS application cover sheet to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality; OR
  • Arrange to send Ann Brown an official score report. She can then submit your SAT score through TIMS. Ann will verify the scores in TIMS by entering all three scores plus the composite score in the notes section of the affirmation and recommendation section in TIMS; OR
  • Ask your high school to send the score report directly to the Bureau.

Ann Brown will go in to TIMS to approve applications as soon as students' final grades are in. Applicants should receive their Instructional I certificate in four-six weeks from the time that the State receives all required information.

Students seeking certification in states other than Pennsylvania should contact the appropriate State Department of Education for information on requirements for applying as out-of-state residents to transfer their Pennsylvania certification.