Level I Instructional Certificate (PA)

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Level I Instructional Certificate (PA)

Description
Pennsylvania has two levels of certification. The initial certificate, Level I, is valid for a specific number of service years, during which time an applicant must complete requirements.

Certificate Valid for 6 Years
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident holding a valid green card. Employment Authorization Cards are no longer accepted for certification purposes.
Employment: Not Required

Reciprocity
The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: Pennsylvania
Contact Name: Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality
Contact Phone: 717-728-3224
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pennsylvania%20Certification/Pages/default.aspx#.VtITY_krKHs

Notes
Teachers from states that have signed the NASDTEC agreement, must meet Pennsylvania requirements.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

GPA: 3.0

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Notes
Instructional Certificate Exceptions:
Applicants in post-baccalaureate instructional certification programs are not required to take the basic skills assessments.

Applicants that submit a copy of a current and valid out-of-state instructional certificate that is comparable in grade and Content Language plus verification of 2 years of full-time teaching experience are not required to take the basic skills assessments.

The applicant must be continuously enrolled in a Teacher Intern Program. (Continuously enrolled is defined by the institution where the applicant is enrolled.)

Applicant who have taken and passed the PPST I Series–Reading, Writing, and Math, may enter with a 2.80 GPA. Candidates must exit the Intern Program with at least the same GPA required for entrance.

Applicants must submit official test scores and a TIMS application cover sheet to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality in an envelope sealed by the test vendor.

Scores may also be verified by the
Pennsylvania Approved Preparation Programs through TIMS.

Older basic skills tests taken at the time they were active, such as the PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests taken between September 1, 2000 and December 31, 2012, are accepted. (Note: PPST scores from vocational candidates are accepted if taken prior to September 1, 2014.) Refer to the testing CSPG 21 for more information about replaced tests.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

English Language Proficiency: Oral, Out of Country Applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language. The ACTFL test called the “English Language, Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is required.
Passing Score: Advanced Mid.

Notes:
World Language certificate candidates may take either the Praxis II in Chinese-Mandarin, French, German, Latin, Spanish OR ACTFL OPI, WPT when both are available. If the ACTFL option is selected, candidates should take the OPI or Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc).

ACTFL OPI, OPIc, WPT
Passing Score: Intermediate High

Certificates available in Hebrew, Pashto, Persian Farsi as well.

Instructional II Certificates available in Lithuanian, Punjabi, Romanian, Sanskrit, Slovak, Swahili, Ukrainian.

World language certificate holders may teach non-credit exploratory courses in any language
including the culture and tradition of the particular ethnic group speaking that language.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/TIMS/20476/page/1033139

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required
URL: http://langcred.org/resources/transcript-evaluation/?fwp_agency_accepted_by_states=pennsylvania

Background Check
Required

Renewal: Nonrenewable
An educator must complete requirements for the Level II certificate within the 6 years of service under the Level I Certificate.

Level I Certificate educators must complete 24 semester credits (graduate or undergraduate level) or 24 PDE-approved IU credits beyond their initial bachelor’s degree. Semester credits must be earned at a 4-year degree-granting university.

Then one applies to the Level II. Once converted to Level II, the certificate will be permanently valid. Educators will need to complete the Act 48 Continuing Professional Education requirements every five (5) years to maintain an “active” certificate.

Notes:
Notice: fee increase to $200 on 11/1/16

Institution must verify completion of state approved teacher program. Processing time is estimated.
Act 114 extends the background check requirements to include student teacher candidates. The following three background checks are required:

1. Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34). Applies to individuals hired as of January 1, 1986.

2. Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151).

3. Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) in a manner prescribed by the Department of Education.

Applicants must mail all official college sealed transcripts with a TIMS application coversheet.

An Intern certificate may be awarded to a foreign national if they have demonstrated their intent to become a United States citizen, hold a current Immigrant Visa (Green Card), and hold the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must obtain a Foreign Evaluation Report of transcripts.This evaluation must show US equivalent of all degrees plus a course-by-course evaluation showing semester hour college credits. Applicants must submit the original report or a notarized photocopy for the certification application.

A photocopy of the front and back side of the Permanent Resident Visa (green card) or other visa if not a U.S. citizen if this is required for the credential sought.

See: http://naces.org/members.html
An educator must complete requirements for the Level II certificate within the 6 years of service under the Level I Certificate.

Level I Certificate educators must complete 24 semester credits (graduate or undergraduate level) or 24 PDE-approved IU credits beyond their initial bachelor’s degree. Semester credits must be earned at a 4-year degree-granting university.

Then one applies to the Level II. Once converted to Level II, the certificate will be permanently valid. Educators will need to complete the Act 48 Continuing Professional Education requirements every five (5) years to maintain an “active” certificate.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
A Level I Certificate may be converted to a Level II certificate. If not converted, the Level I lapses. An Applicant cannot be employed in a Pennsylvania public school with a lapsed certificate.

The Level I Certificate is valid for maximum of 6 service years in Pennsylvania. If not converted before the end of the applicable service period, the certificate becomes invalid. An emergency permit will not be issued to a person with an invalid certificate.

Instructional Add-on:
To add a World Language endorsement to an existing certificate, candidates must take the ACTFL OPI and WPT. A minimum score of Intermediate High on both the oral and written ACTFL assessments is required.

See: http://www.languagetesting.com/testing-for-teacher-certification

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:40:44 PM


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