What is Certification?
Certification is a process to verify the qualifications and proper training of each professional educator to execute his/her professional responsibilities. The requirements for certification are: completion of an approved education preparation program at the bachelor’s or graduate level and meet all testing (Praxis exam) requirements established by the PA Department of Education. Learn more about Education Programs available with the PA Teacher Intern Certification.
What are the certification application processing fees?
View this link for the cost of certification application fees.
What are the testing requirements? What are the Praxis exams?
Individuals applying for an initial certificate (Instructional I or Education Specialist I) are required to take the Praxis I Pre-Professional skills tests in reading, writing and mathematics. Candidates for all instructional areas must take the Praxis II in addition to the designated subject test(s). All individuals seeking dual certification will be required to be examined in both areas of specialization. In Pennsylvania, Praxis test scores are valid for 5 calendar years from the original test date. For more information regarding test dates, locations and registration procedures, please contact Education Testing Services (ETS) at (800) 772-9476. View this link for Pennsylvania testing requirements.
Am I required to complete an Induction Program?
Yes, if your initial Instructional I certificate was issued on or after June 1, 1987; you must present evidence of having successfully completed a Pennsylvania Department Education approved induction program in order to qualify for an Instructional II or Vocational Instructional II certificate. The School District of Philadelphia offers a flexible and comprehensive Induction Program. For more information please contact The Office of Leadership and Professional Development at (215) 400-4613.
How can I receive a copy of my Teacher Induction?
Please complete the Official Induction Request form and fax it to (215) 400-4613, or email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I check an institution’s accreditation?
You can click the link to view the Postsecondary Education Institutions and Programs accredited by Accrediting Agencies and State Approval Agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
How can I check my Act 48 credits online?
You can view your credits through the on-line Act 48 Professional Education Management System on The Pennsylvania Department of Education website at www.pde.state.pa.us. Additionally, for more information regarding Act 48 and the steps for on-line registration, you may refer to www.philasd.org/offices/act48.
How do I keep my certification active?
Beginning July 1, 2000, Act 48 of 1999 requires educators holding a PA professional certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their certifications as active. For more information please visit the Act 48 FAQ’s from the PDE website.
I have questions about my Act 48 credits, who can I contact within the School District of Philadelphia and/or PA Department of Education about them?
Please contact the Office of Compliance at (215) 400-4670 or the PA Department of Education at (717) 783-6646.
Who do I contact regarding my Level II application verification?
Verification of Employment and Years of Service: Please call Personnel Records at (215) 400-4780
Verification of Time Taught on Level I: Verification is done electronically via the TIMS system. Once you submit and pay for your application, it will come to us for verification. Please be sure to affiliate with “Philadelphia City SD” on your application.