The Certification Office in the College of Education at Temple University provides assistance and support for current and former Temple students seeking one or more approved PA Educator certifications through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).   Students who have completed an approved certification program at Temple University can apply for certification through PDE's Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) - MyPDESuite. As part of your application for certification, Temple University Certification Office will review your academic record and other requirements to verify your eligibility for certification.  Once your eligibility is confirmed, Temple will provide a recommendation for certification on your behalf to PDE.  

The Certification Office is located in the Shimada Student Resource Center:

150 Ritter Annex
College of Education, Temple University
1301 Cecil. B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19122
Phone: 214-204-8011

Contact Information

Linda C. Jones
Director of Certification and External Teacher Education Programs 

Phone: (215) 204 - 9165
Email: lcjones@temple.edu

Tonya Thomas
Field Placement Coordinator

Services provided: Letters of Completion for Graduate students and Out of State Verification forms
Phone: (215) 204-6070
Email: tontom@temple.edu

Maryann McGrory
Administrative Assistant 

Services provided: Letters of Completion for Undergraduate students
Phone: (215) 204-8012
Email: maryann.mcgrory@temple.edu

Pennsylvania Department of Education

You can reach the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality at 717-PA-TEACH (728-3224) or 717-787-3356 or by clicking Chat with certification staff.
Certification Staff are available for Phone and Chat on:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you do not have time to wait or have a question outside of these hours, submit a PDE Help Desk ticket. You will receive a response via email within 24-48 hours.

Certification Office

Temple University College of Education
Attn. Certification Office
150 Ritter Annex
1301 Cecil B Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8011
education.temple.edu/certification