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
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 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:
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.