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Certificates of Preliminary Education

Certificates of Preliminary Education (CPE) are issued in the following areas:

  • Funeral Director verifyng 60 liberal arts credits required for individuals entering a funeral director program.
  • CPE Nursing Program-Foreign Education verifying a high school diploma earned in a foreign country required for individuals entering a Pennsylvania nursing program.
  • CPE Nursing Program-Out of State GED verifying a high school GED earned out of state required for individuals entering a Pennsylvania nursing program.

Applications for Certificates of Preliminary Education must be submitted through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).  Only one certification area may be selected per application.  If more areas of certification are requested, a separate application must be completed for each area of certification.