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Undergraduate and Graduate Education: How to apply for your Pennsylvania Teacher Certification or School Counseling Certificate

To apply for Teacher Certification or School Counseling Certificate, please follow these directions:

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TIMS (Teacher Information Management System) Step by Step Directions

Pennsylvania Department of Education

TIMS Application Fee  - Click Application Fees (pdf)

Declaration of Intent Form (for non-degree programs ONLY)

Subject Assessment Testing for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification

Standard Deviation - GPA Chart for testing*Important: This is only used once you graduate and receive your FINAL GPA
(Click on the Certification Testing and Scores link)

Important information to know before you apply:

  • Must have completed an approved Teacher Education Preparation Program at the Undergraduate, Graduate, or Post-Baccalaureate level.
  • Must have completed all required Basic Skills/Subject Assessment testing for your certification area.
  • You cannot complete the TIMS application until you know your FINAL GPA. Grades are generally posted about 1 1/2 weeks after graduation. 
  • Kutztown University Certification Officer (IHE) cannot approve your application until you have been cleared by the Registrar's Office, which is generally 2-3 weeks after graduation. If you are a Post-Baccalaureate student (non-degree) ONLY, the Declaration of Intent form needs to be completed and submitted to your department secretary. 
  • PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) takes about 8-11 weeks to approve your certification after it has been submitted and approved by the IHE (which is the Certification Officer at KU).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Tanya Faust at either or 610-683-4332.