Almost all professions require the issuance of a license acknowledging the completion of certain professional studies and experiences. Education is no exception. In every state and U.S. territory and in many foreign countries, teachers and other education personnel are required by law to obtain a qualifying credential. In Pennsylvania we call it certification; in some states it is referred to as a license. 

It is imperative that teachers and educational specialists (non-instructional, certified personnel) have a practical working knowledge of the state’s certification regulations and their relationship to employment and marketability. A certificate offers its holder certain rights and demands certain responsibilities in return. Following a “question and answer” format, PSEA's You and Your Certificate was created to help you understand and learn more about: 

  • Earning Your Certificate 
  • Converting Your Certificate 
  • Using and Maintaining Your Certificate 
  • Keeping Your Certificate 
  • Testing Requirements for Your Certification 

Where to get help 

Contact PSEA through our Member Contact Form.

Contact Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality:

Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

Certification Call Center: 717-728-3224 or 717-787-3356

Find certification information on PDE's website


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