Teacher Certification Interstate Agreements Information
Pennsylvania has signed the Interstate Agreement (NASDTEC) with most other states/jurisdictions based upon mutually agreed-upon conditions. The contract provides for acceptance of state-approved educator preparation programs between certain states to facilitate educator mobility. All jurisdictions that participate in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement may choose to have additional requirements for educators who are coming from another jurisdiction.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHER CANDIDATES: Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or your university's certification officers or your state's office of certification. You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements.
The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement facilitates the mobility of educators among the states and other jurisdictions that are members of NASDTEC and have signed the Agreement. Although there may be conditions applicable to individual jurisdictions, the Agreement makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program and/or who holds a certificate or license in one jurisdiction to earn a certificate or license in another state or jurisdiction. For a full explanation of the agreement, participating states, and a review of specific state-by-state requirements visit the webpage for the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).
TIMS (Teacher Information Management System) is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's electronic application system for teacher certification. You must register with PDE and create an account. You will use the TIMS portal for all future interactions with PDE. With TIMS you can:
add additional areas of certification
pay online with a credit card*
change your address
track continuing education credits
communicate with PDE
Submit Your Notification of Certification Completion Form to the Certification Officer
All students applying for certification must submit a Notification of Certification Completion form and required documents to the Certification Officer. This is in addition to a TIMS application to PA. The following are online forms that are enabled to have documents uploaded as attachments. All attachments must be in PDF format. Students who encounter difficulty attaching documents can complete the online form and then send attachments in an email to email@example.com. Please use the subject line TIMS application documents if sending by email.
Passing test scores required for the area of certification to which you are applying (full report with the student's identifying information)
Unofficial Arcadia transcript
Certification analysis (list of courses required for your certification program- provided by your adviser)
If applicable; Record of instructional certificate(s) (required if you already hold an instructional certificate)
Basic skills score reports*
* Post Bacc/Graduate students only: Basic skills for Post Bacc/Graduate students seeking initial (first) teaching certification. Post Bacc students who seek initial certification only and no degree program AND who hold a BA in an education discipline are required to have taken and passed basic skills. Post Bacc/Graduate students who are seeking inital certification with a master's degree program are exempt from the basic skill requirement. Post Bacc/Graduate students seeking initial certification only without a degree AND hold a bachelor in a major other than education are also exempt from basic skills. Questions regarding need for basic skills in a Post Bacc/Graduate program email firstname.lastname@example.org
PA Test Requirements Teacher Certification
Pennsylvania requires assessment of all candidates in basic skills*, general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area knowledge before a certificate may be issued.
*Graduate Students (includes completion of entire post-bacc programs , and students earning an advanced degree with certification) are exempt from Basic Skills.
Act 82 Special Education Expansion: Special Education Bridge Pathways
Effective January 1, 2022, Per Act 82 of 2018, first-time applicants for special education certification will be issued Special Education PK-12 certificates as of January 1, 2022. However, those holding a PA Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7-12 certificate will be able to expand the scope of their special education certificate as permitted by law.
For Arcadia students who are in programs or have completed programs that include only Special Education PreK-8 or Special Education 7-12, Arcadia has received approval for Special Education expansion programming as the Special Education Bridge Pathways. The Special Education Bridge Pathways must be completed along with a TIMS application submitted to PA Department of Education prior to December 31, 2021.
Our current Special Education Program at the undergraduate level contains all the state identified competencies. In order to facilitate the expansion of current and graduated alumni Special Education students in our undergraduate programs who hold or who are in programming to receive the Pre-K-8th certification, we offer these specific pathways for Undergraduates Special Education expansion.
Our current Special Education Programs at the post bacc/graduate level contain all the state identified competencies. In order to facilitate the expansion of current and graduated alumni of Special Education students in our post bacc/graduate programs who hold or who are in programming to receive either the Pre-K-8th certification or the 7th -12th certification, we offer these specific pathways for Post Bacc/Graduate Special Education expansion.
Remote Testing Options: ETS offers Praxis Tests at Home
In response to COVID-19, the testing vendor, Educational Testing Services (ETS) is offering remote options for some specific tests. Students in Arcadia's programs leading to certification in Principal K-12, secondary area of English 7-12, secondary area of Math 7-12, secondary area of Social Studies 7-12 or those seeking Basic Skills: Reading, Writing and Math have remote testing options available to them. Students should review the ETS remote testing eligibility requirements prior to registering for tests.
Only the following tests applicable to Arcadia's programs (Principal K-12, secondary area of English 7-12, secondary area of Math 7-12, secondary area of Social Studies 7-12 or those seeking Basic Skills: Reading, Writing and Math) are available:
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on testing availability, students in Arcadia's programs leading to certification in Grades PreK-4, Special Education or Dual programs seeking information for testing options and test center updates offered through their testing provider, ES Pearson, should review current updates at ES Pearson test delivery information.
Special Education Expansion
Per Act 82 of 2018, first-time applicants for special education certification will be issued Special Education PK-12 certificates as of January 1, 2022. However, those holding a PA Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7-12 certificate will be able to expand the scope of their special education certificate as permitted by law.
Per Act 82 of 2018 Section 1202.1, all candidates enrolled in an Early Childhood PreK-4 program and all Early Childhood PreK-4 certificate holders may add Grades 5 and 6 to their certificate by attaining qualifying scores on the following assessments:
• Grades 4-8: Module 2 – English Language Arts & Social Studies (5154) and
• Grades 4-8: Module 3 – Mathematics & Science (5155)
These assessments are administered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Candidates may take these assessments during or after completion of their Early Childhood PreK-4 program. However, the Pennsylvania Department of Education can not grant the Grades 5 and 6 add-on certificate until after the PreK-4 certificate has been awarded. To expedite the process, candidates may apply for the add-on simultaneously with the PreK-4 certificate. Information on this option is available on the Certification Test and Score Requirements chart on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.