PA Certification

Six Steps to Certification

  • Timeline for Certification

    Before the start of Student Teaching-

    • Take Content Area Tests (This is only a recommendation.)
      You do not need to take the tests in order to student teach,and you can take the tests after you student teach.
    • Coursework completion-make sure your Degree Audit is complete with the exception of student teaching.  
    Mid-Semester-After Dean's Seminar
    • Create PPID #
    • Fill out MU Request to Recommend

    End of Semester

    • Take Survey
    • Finish TIMS application

     A more detailed timeline will be provided at the First Day Meeting.

  • 1. Tests
    1. Basic Skills Tests -- Undergraduates only -- (post-bac students do not need them).
      1. SAT or ACT scores are reported to PDE by MU. If your Degree Audit says “Pre-Service Tests Unverified” under APS, please contact the Certification Office to make sure we have official scores on file.
      2. Praxis, PAPA, & PPST-should show up in your test dashboard in the TIMS application.
    2. Content Area Tests-
      1. If you have taken the tests and it said “not passed,” check the GPA sliding scale before taking the test again.
      2. Required Tests

        Program

        Testing Agency

        Tests Needed

        Early Childhood (PK-4)

        PECT

        3 modules

        Grades 4-8

        Praxis

        3 modules and concentration

        Grades 5 & 6 add-on for PK-4 only

        Praxis

        2 modules

        K-12 programs-Art, Foreign Languages, Music, Tech. Ed.

        Praxis

        1.  Content Area
        2.  General Knowledge-5511

        Principal

        Praxis

        Content Area

        Reading Specialist (PK-12)

        Praxis

        Content Area

        Secondary Education

        Praxis

        Content Area

        Special Education (PK-8) & (7-12)

        PECT

        2 modules

        School Counselor PK-12

        Praxis

        Content Area

        School Psychologist PK-12

        Praxis

        Content Area

        Supervisory Certificate

        Praxis

        Content Area

    • Keep a copy of your test scores-You never know when you might need them again.
  • 2. Program Completion

    Program Completion-

    1. Undergraduate Students--You will not be able to receive your recommendation for certification from Millersville University until your undergraduate degree is awarded. All courses (even if it is for a minor or honors) must be completed successfully. 
    2. Post-bac Students-Check your Degree Audit and/or your Course Requirement Sheet you received with your admissions packet. Millersville University will not be able to recommend you until all required course work is completed.
    3. Both PDE 430s have to be on file for undergraduate and post-bac students.
  • 3. Creating Your PPID # in TIMS

    Go to TIMS Log In to register and get your PPID.  

    Guide

     

  • 4. MU Request to Recommend Form
    Fill out the MU Request for Recommendation form
    1. You will need your PPID number from the TIMS application
    2. If you are unsure of your test scores, you should be able to log back into your Praxis or PECT account.
    3. Provide the address where you will be at after the end of the semester.
    4. Make sure you indicate on this form if you plan to add on an area. If it isn’t on this form, you will have to submit another application which will cost $100 to $200.
  • 5. Completing Your TIMS Application

    Application is $200

    These three guides should be able to answer most of your questions.

    MU's
    PDE’s  
    Certification Code and Types 

    Item to Note:  Your coversheet may say you need “PPST testing.”  You do not. 

    The PA Department of Education (PDE) is the only one who can see your application before you pay.  If you feel you made an error or need someone to look at your application you will need to contact them.

    PDE's contact information 

    Monday thru Friday 8-4
    717-PA-TEACH (728-3224) or 717-787-3356

    Clicking Chat with certification staff

    If you have a question outside these hours, send an email to ra-edcertquestions@pa.gov and be sure to include the following:

    • Your name
    • Your PPID number or your date of birth
    • If your question is related to a specific application, please include the Application ID
    • A detailed description of your problem
  • 6. Take the Survey

    The link to the survey will be emailed to you towards the end of your student teaching semester.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

  • Add-ons & Verification Letters

    Information about Add-ons and Verification Letters will be provided at the First Day Meeting and Dean's Seminar as well as through emails during your student teaching semester.

  • Still Have Questions?

    Contact our office by email certification@millersville.edu, by phone at 717-871-5752, or in person. 

    Our office is located in Stayer 120.

    Our normal business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.