How to Become a Teacher in Pennsylvania: Teacher Certification

This is a guide to the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Pennsylvania. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

Data on teaching salaries in Pennsylvania can be found here.

Pennsylvania Initial Educator Certification

  1. Earn your bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited university.
  2. Teacher Preparations: This includes teacher prep courses, student teaching and other types of internships. In order to receive a Pennsylvania Teacher Certification, you should have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid.
  3. Earn passing grades on the Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis (PPST). Individuals with PhD’s may be exempt from these tests.
  4. Earn a passing score on the Specialty Area Tests (ETS/NES).
  5. Submit the following:
    • Completed application
    • $40 application fee
    • Include all test scores
    • Fingerprint/background check
    • Form filled out by certification officer Form PDE 338-C
    • Official transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Mail to:
      Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation
      Pennsylvania Department of Education
      333 Market Street, 3rd floor
      Harrisburg, PA. 17126-0333
      (717) 787-3356
  6. Do you want to renew your Pennsylvania Teacher Certification?

Alternative Route for the Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your Pennsylvania teacher certification. The Pennsylvania Intern Certification can allow you to teach without completing the teacher education program.

  1. You must complete the teacher education program within the first year while being a part of an intense mentoring program.
  2. Earn passing grades on the Basic Skills Test (CBEST) or Praxis (PPST). Individuals with PhD’s may be exempt from these tests.
  3. Sign up for a Teacher Intern Certification Program.
  4. Speak to a representative (717) 787-3356.


  1. Pennsylvania Department of Education, http://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
  2. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/

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