Applying for Your Certificate

Certification Application Instructions

Certification Application Instructions: 

  • When you begin your final semester in which you will be graduating or completing your certification program, you should submit a "Certification Intent" packet with the Certification Office. You may obtain the packet from the Certification office or Download the forms needed according to the "Certification Applicant's Checklist".
  • On the first day of the month of your graduation or the completion of your certification program, you may submit your completed "Credential Application" through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) application portal with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • All forms and instructions for completing the intent packet and the TIMS application can be found under our "Forms and Information" tab to the left.

Certification (PAPA/PECT/Praxis) Test Scores

(required for Instructional certificates only)

  • MIllersville Certification Office should be indicated as a test score recipient to receive test score data directly from the Testing Service provider.  Copies of test scores must be submitted according to APS and Certification processing requirements.

To Receive Your Certificate As Soon As Possible At the End of the Semester

You, especially STUDENT TEACHERS AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, SHOULD SUBMIT THE ABOVE 90-DAYS BEFORE GRADUATION OR COMPLETION OF YOUR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. This time frame gives the Certification Office time to check for your test scores, check your graduation application and grades for your last semester, prepare a verification letter for you to include with job applications, etc. Your affirmation and recommendation will be submitted electronically through the TIMS application portal directly to PDE as soon as possible after the end of the semester and after we have received all required certification materials.

The following items must be returned to the MU Certification Office:

  • Information Needed for Certification sheet
  • Request for Verification
  • Copy of TIMS coversheet

Note: Do not fold, staple, or paper clip. Photocopies are acceptable.

Notice of approval of your certification will be communicated to you directly by the Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification in Harrisburg.  You will have to enter the TIMS application portal in order to print a copy of your certificate.  No certificate will be mailed to you.

Certification Application Code Numbers

Instructional I - Type Code 61 (first certificate)
Instructional II - Type Code 62
Subject Code
Art 1405
Biology 8405
Chemistry 8420
Citizenship Education 8825
Earth Science 8440
English 3230
French 4410
German 4420
Grades PreK-4 2825
Grades 4-8 3100
Mathematics 6800
Music 7205
Physics 8470
Reading Specialist 7650
Social Studies 8875
Spanish 4490
Special Education (PreK-8) 9226
Special Education (7-12) 9227
Technology Education 6075
Educational Specialist - Type Code 31
Subject Code
Elementary School Counselor 1836
School Nurse 1890
School Psychologist 1875
Secondary School Counselor 1837
Supervisory - Type Code 76
Subject Code
Art 1415
Communication (English) 3215
Curriculum & Instruction (K-12) 2915
Early Childhood 2827
Elementary 2815
Foreign Languages 4415
Industrial Arts/Technology Education 5915
Mathematics 6815
Music 7215
Reading 7615
School Guidance Services 1815
School Health Services 1891
School Psychological Services 1877
Science 8415
Social Studies 8815
Special Education 9215
Administrative - Type Code 78
Subject Code
Principal K-12 1115