PDE Policy Change Add-on Certifications 09/01/2019

Policy Change!

Important Notice

In November of 2016, the Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality introduced a policy related to instructional add-on applications in part due to an increase in fees supporting the Educator Discipline Act. The policy, which came into effect on January 1, 2017, allowed in-state applicants to add-on an additional credential to their application at no cost. Applicants were permitted to submit an application for all subject areas of their certification program and obtain a written recommendation for a test-only add-on, ESL program specialist or endorsement area through their program provider.

Unfortunately, this policy resulted in complications affecting the in-state application process and will be discontinued effective September 1, 2019. After that date, applicants will still be able to submit one application for all subject areas completed within their certification program. However, the process of issuing an “extra” subject area by simply having the program provider notate the additional add-on area under the program recommendation screen will not be available to applicants as a result of this policy change. This includes test only add-on areas, ESL program specialist and endorsements. Applicants will still be able to add-on additional certificate areas by testing but will need to submit separate applications in TIMS for testing add-on areas, ESL program specialist and endorsements upon approval of their initial PA certificates.

 

Applications BEFORE September 1, 2019

Until September 1, 2019, it is possible to ADD-ON additional Instructional Certification subject areas to your Instructional I certificate by taking additional Praxis II certification tests.

  • You must have an Instructional I certificate in your major content area before submitting an ADD-ON application. 
  • A new TIMS application must be completed for each ADD – ON subject area.  
  • You can take additional tests at any time before submitting your application(s).  Remember test requirements are applied at the time of application.
  • The GPA-Qualifying Praxis Score policy is not applicable for Instructional ADD-ONS via testing. Candidates must meet the qualifying test score based on a 3.0 GPA. 

There are exceptions to the testing only method of certification.  See the PDE website for more information.

Second Certification with Initial Level I Application

At the time when you complete and submit your in-state application for an initial PA Educator certification - through PDE's Teacher Information Management System (TIMS): MyPDESuite - you may elect to apply for ONE additional credential from the list below at no additional cost.  

Eligible PA Educator Certifications

  • Instructional Add On Subject  –  Applicants must provide evidence of having passed the appropriate subject area content test.  Candidates must meet the qualifying test score based on a 3.0 GPA.  The GPA-Qualifying Praxis Score policy is not applicable for Instructional ADD-ONS via testing.
    • Note: For ADD-ON credentials that require a TEST, when PDE opens your application for review the test requirement must be met and the score reports must be on file in your TIMS application.  PDE will not approve the ADD-ON subject area unless the required test is on file. You can check your test profile on file with PDE by logging into your TIMS dashboard at any time. 
  • Program Specialist ESL – Applicants must have completed program requirements. 
    • Note: For ADD-ON credentials that require PROGRAM verification (e.g. ESL), the Certification Officer will advise PDE that you have also met the program requirements for the ADD-ON certificate.
  • Endorsement Subject Area (Autism)  – Applicants must have completed program requirements. 
    • Note: For ADD-ON credentials that require PROGRAM verification (e.g. Autism Endorsement), the Certification Officer will advise PDE that you have also met the program requirements for the ADD-ON certificate.

Excludes: Cooperative Ed, all Special Education areas, Health and Physical Education, Reading Specialist and any Instructional subject for which there is no test or "no qualifying score”.

Application Process

If you intend to apply for a second certification with your initial certification application, you must inform Temple of this request at the same time you request recommendation for your the initial certification: Temple University Request for Recommendation formIf you indicated a second certification on your request form, when Temple’s Certification Office makes the Recommendation for Certification (via TIMS) for your initial certificate, we will also inform PDE (via notes in your TIMS application) that you wish to ADD-ON another credential.

Important Notes: 

  • Temple will not automatically complete the recommendation processfor add-on certifications.  You MUST inform us that you intend to apply for a second certification in your Temple University Request for Recommendation.
  • For ADD-ON credentials that require a TEST, when PDE opens your application for review, the test requirement must be met and the score reports must be on file in your TIMS application. PDE will not approve the ADD-ON subject area unless the required test is on file. You can check your test profile on file with PDE by logging into your TIMS dashboard at any time.
  • For ADD-ON credentials that require PROGRAM verification (e.g. ESL and Autism Endorsement), the Certification Officer will advise PDE that you have also met the program requirements for the ADD-ON certificate.
  • If PDE denies the request to ADD-ON the credential then you can still submit a separate TIMS application and fee at a later date.
  • Denial of an ADD-ON certificate will not affect PDE’s review of your initial program application.  

ADDING-ON a certificate at a later date will require a separate TIMS application and a new TIMS application fee payment.

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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