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Private Academic Certificates

In addition to public school certification, there is also private academic school certification. Either certification is appropriate for nonpublic and private academic schools in the appropriate areas.

Teachers who teach in a private academic school licensed by the Department of Education are required to be Pennsylvania certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, School Code Chapter 22, Section 51.34.

Teachers who teach in a nonpublic school (religious school) registered by the Department of Education are not required to be Pennsylvania certified; however, the school can choose to request certification of their teachers.

The regulations for the certification areas available can be found in the documents listed below. 

The requirements for the private academic school certification can be found in Guidelines and Competencies for Private Academic Teacher Certification (PDF).

Applications for Private Academic School teaching certificates must be submitted throughthe 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 e completed for each area of certification. 

Further information can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.

For additional information, please contact:

Division of Certification Services
 

Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Leadership and Teacher Quality
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.728.3224

Certification, Application or Technical Questions - Please submit a Help Desk Ticket.