Become a Teacher in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Educationhttp://www.education.state.pa.us
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Become a teacher in Pennsylvania
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Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015Pennsylvania currently has a two-tier certification system. New teachers begin at Level I, which is valid for six years of teaching service. At the end of six years, every teacher must complete at least 24 credits of post-baccalaureate coursework and have gone through an induction program set up by their school in order to obtain Level II certification. In order to keep a Level II License Active, teachers must complete a required number of continuing education credit units. If you are certified to teach in another state, Pennsylvania has interstate reciprocity agreements with 45 other states that can make it easier for you to begin teaching in Pennsylvania. Click here to learn more about earning your Pennsylvania teaching credential. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top
Testing Requirements website. Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) will replace the Praxis I PPST tests and the Praxis II tests for Elementary and Early Childhood in the spring of 2012. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top
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ABCTE(the American Boards of Certification for Teacher Excellence) for alternative certification. Most students complete the ABCTE online self-paced program in under a year. The Philadelphia Teaching Fellows program offers another alternative route to career changers and recent graduates who have not gone through a teacher preparation program. Pennsylvania and New York Troops to Teachers Return to the top
National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification that pertains to acceptance of teaching credentials from other states. In order to qualify for reciprocity under the Interstate Agreement, candidates must satisfy a set of requirements defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Teaching candidates should contact the Department of Education for details about credential reciprocity, or visit the Teach.com reciprocity page. Return to the top
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- The PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) is one of the nation's leading student aid organizations. In addition to providing student financial aid, PHEAA provides financial support services in the form of financial advice, loan servicing and student outreach.
- The Pennsylvania State Grant Program awards education financing that doesn't need to be repaid to eligible candidates.
- Academic Competitiveness and SMART Grants are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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PSERS website offers detailed retirement information, counseling services, application forms and retirement calculators. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top
Professional Education Record Management System) allows Pennsylvania teachers to find out about available Act 48 courses, research approved course providers and track completed coursework. Prior to December of 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education offered free online Act 48 professional education courses through Learning Sciences International. Those courses are no longer funded by the State of Pennsylvania but are still available for a small fee. Additionally, individual school districts in Pennsylvania are required to have state-approved induction policies for teachers. Teachers must complete six collegiate credits or six PDE-approved in-service credits or 180 continuing education hours or any combination of the above every five calendar years to keep their Level II teaching certificate active. Return to the top
Pennsylvania Department of Education has established a job search system called TIPS (Teaching in Pennsylvania Schools) that provides an online database of teaching positions that are available in the state. The TIPS system allows individuals to search by academic specialty and geographic region and to upload resumes and applications to school recruiters. Another job search service for Pennsylvania teachers is PAREAP (Pennsylvania School Applications Network) which was developed in partnership with state school districts and the National School Applications Network. PAREAP provides daily job listings for teaching, administrative and school support positions as well as publishing information on education job fairs in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Education also maintains a list of other education job vacancy services on its website. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top
Teachers Test Prep. This online testing resource provides preparation programs for Praxis I and Praxis II tests. Teachers Test Prep provides free online Praxis study guides and practice tests as well as a variety of preparation options to meet your individual needs, including online study, live prep classes and one-on-one private tutoring.