PA Certification Requirements and Available Licenses


Pennsylvania Certification Requirements and Available Licenses




Grades PREK - 4

Grades 4-8 Mathematics

Grades 4-8 Science

Special Education PREK-8 or 7-12

Mathematics 7-12

Biology 7-12

Chemistry 7-12

Earth and Space Science 7-12

Physics 7-12

Social Studies 7-12

English 7-12

English as a Second Language (ESL) PK-12

School Admin - Principal PK-12


Pennsylvania has the following requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:

1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a Bachelor's degree

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher preparation program, including a supervised student teaching experience, that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Clearing all three required background checks

4. PENNSYLVANIA REQUIRED EXAMS: Passing all of the required content exams as well as the basic skills exam.

5. GPA REQUIREMENT: A 3.0 GPA on a Bachelor's, Post-Baccalaureate, and/or Master's degree transcript.  All WGU graduates have the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in their program.

6. CITIZENSHIP: Be a U.S. citizen or possess a valid Permanent Resident Visa (Green Card) and sign a Declaration of Intent to become a U.S. citizen

For additional information on these requirements, please see the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.








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