Discover your Path in Philadelphia Education!

The purpose of Pathways is to help you navigate through the process for becoming a certified teacher in Pennsylvania. There are many different paths you can follow to get certified, and you can choose the path that best suits you. All paths have a variation of the five essential steps listed below, but there might be different requirements to reach a step. Now, let us help you...

FIND YOUR PATH
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Get a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent
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Get a Bachelor's degree
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Complete a Certification Program
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Pass Certification Testing
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Apply for Certificate

If you have questions regarding the certification process, contact the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.

Your Pathway to Teaching

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Are you a teacher?

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Pathways to Teaching

how do you want to enter the classroom?

I want to learn before I teach Graduate School
I want to learn while I teach Residency Program
I am prepared to teach now Full Time Lead Teacher
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Graduate School Programs

The local graduate schools below are a traditional route to teaching that generally have a coursework focus with some student teaching. Most of these are two-year programs where you can earn a masters in education and a teaching credential. Learn more about each school, like tuition and financial aid, by selecting one.

This list includes graduate programs focused in Philadelphia. Know of a program that's not on our list? Let us know!

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Residency Programs

Residency programs combine teaching alongside a mentor teacher and some coursework. Learn more about tuition & scholarships, stipends, university partners and school placements by selecting one below.

This list includes graduate level residency programs focused in Philadelphia. Know of a program not on our list? Let us know!

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Full-Time Lead Teacher

The alternative routes below get you in the classroom right away. To be a full time teacher of record immediately you must be eligible for an Emergency Permit or a Teacher Intern Certification. Learn more about these alternative routes below.

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Bachelor's Degree with Certification

The local universities below have undergraduate programs that equip you to earn a bachelor's degree and teaching credential. On this pathway, you will get clinical experience, take certification tests and apply for certification as part of the program. Learn more about each school, like their tuition and financial aid, by selecting one.

This list includes undergraduate programs in the greater Philadelphia area where you can earn certification with a bachelor's degree. Know of a program that's not on our list?Let us know!

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Undergraduate Resources

The resources below support undergraduate students in colleges across Philadelphia. Learn more about each resource by selecting one.

Campus Philly: A nonprofit organization that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

Visit Campus Philly

Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA): The Center for Black Educator Development hosts an eight-week summer pre-apprenticeship program for aspiring high school and college-aged educators . In FSLA, participants will positively impact literacy development for young people of African descent during their foundational years, while receiving professional development, observations, and coaching.

Visit FSLA

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Are you a certified?

Certified means you have a valid instructional certificate in the grade level and subject area you want to teach from any state department of education.

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Are you a certified in Pennsylvania or out-of-state?

Certified in PA means you have a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate in the respective grade level, and endorsements in respective subject area

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Do you have a Level 1 or Level 2 Certification?

You can look up your certificate information in TIMS

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Level 2 Certification

Congrats! You can teach with a Level 2 Certificate!
Remember to keep your certificate active.

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