Admission for Teacher Certification

Applying for Teacher Certification


Teacher Certification

Certification Services
Stephanie Bissinger | sbissinger@bloomu.edu

College of Education
3105 McCormick Center
Phone: 570-389-4007
Fax: 570-389-3069

Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Teaching and Learning
Professor Ingrid Everett
ieverett@bloomu.edu

College of Education
3103C MCHS McCormick Center
Phone: 570-389-5120
Fax: 570-389-3848

Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Exceptionality Programs
Robin Drogan, Ph.D. | rdrogan@bloomu.edu

College of Education
125 Navy Hall
Phone: 570-389-4877
Fax: 570-389-3980

Once you have completed your schooling, it is suggested that you apply for your certifications as soon as possible. From time to time Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) may change requirements and at the time you apply for your certification, you have to meet the current PDE requirements.   Please remember you will need to have your final grades and applicable test scores before submitting the application, but you are able to create your account at any time. There is a fee associated with applying for your certification.  This fee is required by PDE not Bloomsburg University.

PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) and TIMS (Teacher Information Management System) are the best places to find any answers you may have regarding your Pennsylvania Certification.  Here are a few important resources and links:  

PDE Site

The first thing you will need to do is set up a TIMS account through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website.  You are going to set up a “Personal User” account.  This can be done before you have your final grades and test scores.  Please remember to keep your Username (ID), Password and PPID in a safe place, as BU will not have access to that information.  

Quick video for you to review about the process

TIMS Site

Please remember that once you submit your application for certification it does take time for it to be approved.  BU will do our best to review the applications as quickly as possible.  

REMINDER:      

If you are an ECE and Special Ed Dual Cert candidate you have the option to add on additional certificates after your initial Instructional 1 certificate area is approved. 

For ECE (PK-4), you can add on Grades 4-5 through two additional test modules.

Special Ed PK-8 can add on Special Ed 7-12 with two additional modules.

Test codes and scores can be found on PDE’s Certification website by downloading the Certification Test and Score Requirements excel document from the website.  You may take the tests at any time, just have to wait to apply these areas onto an existing certificate.

https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/PAEducators/Pages/P...

https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/CertTestingRequirem...

Out-of-state Licensure and Certification

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure/certification laws in each state, state requirements are subject to change without notice. If you are interested in certification outside of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements before beginning a program and during your program of study. Please visit http://intranet.bloomu.edu/state-authorization and https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html for more information. If you are planning to teach in New Jersey, please note that you may be required to complete the edTPA, a performance based assessment. It is strongly recommended that you contact the school district(s) of interest and the New Jersey Department of Education for more information specific to New Jersey.