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All applications for teacher/educator certification must be submitted online through TIMS.  For information about available credentials and the requirements for certification, please review the following information:  PA Certification;  Application booklets; and the TIMS Homepage  (review tabs across the top of the page, specifically the User Guide, Training, etc.)

  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for application processing once all needed documentation has been received by PDE. 

If your status reads, "Pending Documentation," this may mean that needed documentation has not yet been uploaded, received or scanned into TIMS. 

Check your application status through the Teacher Information Management System or through the public website at www.TeacherCertification.pa.gov.

Focus Periods Established for Application Review Beginning in May, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality (BSLTQ) has identified specific time periods to focus on high volume applications to address critical application backlogs.  This is not a new practice, but is much more efficient in the new Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).

This practice does not affect the submission of applications by candidates.  Applications:

  • can be submitted at any time
  • will be processed on a first in, first out basis according to type of application and identified periods.

 

Focus of Application Review Periods

From

To

Focus of Application Review

January

May

·         Level II applications

o   Instructional and Educational Specialist II applications

·         Letter of Equivalency for Master’s or Bachelor’s (MEQ/BEQ)*

·         Emergency Permits

May

July

·         Level I applications:

o   Instructional, Educational Specialist I and Intern applications

§  In-state prepared candidates

§  Out-of-state prepared candidates

July

August

·         Emergency Permits

October

December

·         Level II applications

o   Instructional and Educational Specialist II applications

·         Letter of Equivalency for Master’s or Bachelor’s (MEQ/BEQ)*

December

January

·         Level I applications:

o   Instructional, Educational Specialist I and Intern applications

§  In-state prepared candidates

§  Out-of-state prepared candidates

*Letter of Equivalency for Master's or Bachelor's (MEQ/BEQ) will only be reviewed during these periods.

All other applications will be reviewed as the schedule permits with adjustments made due to monitoring of application backlog issues.



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.