How to Become a Teacher in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania teaching license is conferred by the state’s Department of Education, which regulates the requirements for licensure as a Pennsylvania certified teacher. Students interested in becoming a teacher in Pennsylvania have a bevy of educational options to choose from, as Pennsylvania hosts one of the larger systems of higher education in teaching. Pennsylvania’s Department of Education has operated new application systems since phasing out the Teacher Certification System (TCS) in December 2011. Applications for the Pennsylvania teaching license are now processed by the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) and the Professional Educator Records Management System (PERMS).

Education Requirements

To become a teacher in Pennsylvania, you will first have to gain certification to teach through Pennsylvania’s Department of Education. According to the Department of Education, educational requirements for teacher certification generally include: completing a bachelor’s degree, successful completion of a state approved teacher certification program (a student teaching experience). Students must hold an overall 3.0 grade point average, and must also take required state examinations per subject area.

Pennsylvania Teaching Certification

Pennsylvania doesn’t make it easy to become a teacher, but the state provides many resources that can aide all prospective Pennsylvania educators to certification and licensure. Types of certifications available in the state are found here, and basic information and exhaustive links from The Department of Education can be found by clicking here. Recent updates to teacher certification can be found here.

Generally, an applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Additionally, prospective teachers must undergo a student teaching program approved by the state. All applicants for licensure must pass Pennsylvania’s required examinations, which can be found here, for specific certification requirements. Certification in Pennsylvania from start to finish is found by clicking here.

Required Tests

Pennsylvania’s Department of Education keeps its testing requirements for various teacher certification in the state listed here. All current testing requirements for Pennsylvania teachers are organized by prospective certificate type here. General teaching certificates will require Basic Skills Assessment and Subject Area exams where necessary. High GPAs can offset need for these tests. Official information can be found here.

State Certification Reciprocity

Reciprocity can be granted in Pennsylvania with teaching certificates from some states. Other requirements, such as testing and examinations may exist. Out of state certification holders are not required to meet Pennsylvania’s 3.0 GPA minimum. More information and certification requirements for reciprocity are found here.

Helpful Resources

Albright College

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1621 N. 13th St.
Reading, PA 19612-5234
(610) 921-2381

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Alvernia University

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400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Arcadia University

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450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
(215) 572-2900

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania

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538 Venard Rd
Clarks Summit, PA 18411-1250
(570) 586-2400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

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400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Bucknell University

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One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Bucks County Community College

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275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Cabrini College

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610 King of Prussia Rd
Radnor, PA 19087-3698
(610) 902-8100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Cairn University-Langhorne

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200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

California University of Pennsylvania

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250 University Ave
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Carlow University

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3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
(412) 578-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Cedar Crest College

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100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196
(610) 606-4666

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Chestnut Hill College

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9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
(215) 248-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Clarion University of Pennsylvania

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840 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 393-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Community College of Beaver County

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1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588
(724) 480-2222

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

DeSales University

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2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Drexel University

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3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Duquesne University

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Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

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200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
(570) 422-3211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Eastern University

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1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
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