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
If you have questions regarding the certification process, contact the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.
Your Pathway to Teaching
Are you a teacher?
What is your level of education?
Pathways to Teaching
how do you want to enter the classroom?Continue to next step
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.Continue to next step
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.Continue to next step
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.Continue to next step
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.
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
There are programs available to high school students that can help you get started on your pathway to becoming a teacher. Click below to explore each program and what they have to offer, including college credit, paid opportunities, or financial aid.
These organizations provide high school students teaching experiences. Learn more about each experience by selecting one.
WorkReady Philadelphia: WorkReady Philadelphia offers several job opportunities and career workshops for teens in Philadelphia. The program prepares students for their career field, providing them with internships at organizations and companies across the city. The WorkReady Summer Program includes internships in Education and Childcare fields with organizations such as: Asian Americans United, Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, CORA Services, Concilio and Somerset Academy Learning Center.Visit WorkReady Philadelphia
Generation Teach GT Virtual Academy: Generation Teach has a summer program that allows high school students to work with professional teachers and middle school students to create spaces where everyone can learn, grow and develop. Generation Teach’s Virtual Academy allows students from all over the nation to participate in their summer program. High School Students can obtain scholarships and stipends through the program as well.Visit Generation Teach
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia: Breakthrough Philly holds a summer program each year where aspiring educators in High School and College can teach Middle School Students important skills for the next grade. The program offers stipends, and is in the local Philadelphia area.Visit Breakthrough Philly
Freedom Schools Literacy Academy: 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
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.
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
Do you have a Level 1 or Level 2 Certification?
You can look up your certificate information in TIMS
Level 2 Certification
Congrats! You can teach with a Level 2 Certificate!
Remember to keep your certificate active.