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Pennsylvania Teacher Certification
Average Teacher Salary: $54,027
Coursework and Preparation Programs You'll Need:
You'll need a Bachelor's Degree before you can teach in Pennsylvania schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Pennsylvania-approved teacher preparation program. A discussion of approved programs is available here:
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence
The Pennsylvania Department of Education recognizes the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) as a certification body for teachers. Find out more at this Web site:
To be certified for most teachign positions in Pennsylvania, you'll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
However, for Vocational Instructional I & II licenses, the Praxis 1 Test is the required exam.
You'll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
The State of Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.
Facts about Pennsylvania Teacher Certification
On average, teachers in Pennsylvania can expect 15 weeks vacation annually.
For Further Information
You can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Or you can call at 717-783-6788.
Pennsylvania Department of Education:
Teachers Home Page:
Last Updated: 08/20/2013
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