Site Search

A female student contemplates a thought.A female student contemplates a thought.

Decision Point #6 – Certification

The culmination of a completing a teacher preparation program is to apply for your Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate.

Certification Forms and Tracking

Certification Instructions

There are two forms that must be completed for PDE for you to be endorsed for certification. Be sure to read the forms carefully and have all original signatures.

Tracking the Status of your Certification

Once Cal U has sent in your certification paperwork, you are able to Track the status of your certification paperwork at PDE

Adding a PA teaching Certificate

To add a PA teaching certificate, you will need to read the PDE website for the Add-On Certificate Requirements and complete a teacher certification application on the TIMS WebSite.  Please note that Early Childhood and Reading Specialist are not add-on certificates and are treated like Instructional I (61) certifications.

Intern Teaching Certificate

The Teacher Intern Certification program at California University of Pennsylvania is reserved for individuals employed as a teacher in a public school district, state licensed child care center, or Intermediate Unit without a standard instructional certificate.  Their admission to this program permits the use of their employment setting to fulfill field placement requirements. 

New Teacher Support

Once you begin a career as a professional educator, you will certainly face many challenges and opportunities. Find out about the professional enrichment opportunities that Cal U education majors have available to them.