PA Certification applicants must complete an online application via the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) - MyPDESuite. MyPDESuite is a streamlined system for processing and approving educator certification applications. ALL Temple applicants (except applications for Vocational credentials) must complete a Temple University Request for Recommendation form.  

It is highly recommended that you apply for certification as soon as you meet all requirements.  Test and program requirements change over time and are applied at the time of application.

How to Apply for Certification

Before You Begin

Familiarize yourself with these user guides and resources before you start your application.  Entering incorrect or incomplete information in your TIMS application may significantly delay your certification approval!

Step 1: Register for a PDE Portal Account

Applicants must first REGISTER for a PDE Portal account.  This will also give you access to ALL the resources available for educators on the PDE website.  You can open a PDE account at any time.

  1. Log on to PDE at
  2. Click on “Register” to create a new account.  Allow 24 hours to activate a new account.  
  3. Make a record of your username and password.

Step 2: Complete Your TIMS Application

When you are ready to start your TIMS application:

  1. Log in to your PDE portal at
  2. To access the TIMS form, click on "TIMS" under “Online Services”.
  3. When you have finished your application, make a record of your PPID#.

Step 3: Request for Recommendation from Temple University Certification Office

  1. All applicants for certification, including those who completed a program in the past but did not file for certification at that time, must complete the online Temple University Request for Recommendation Form.  This form will let the Certification Officer know that you have applied on TIMS and are now waiting for our verification and recommendation. 
  2. You will need your Temple TUID number and TIMS PPID number to complete this form. 
  3. You will have up to 3 months to complete your TIMS application. After 3 months, you MUST resubmit a new Temple University Request for Recommendation Form

      NOTE:  Important information for ADD-ON Certificate applicants.

It is highly recommended that you complete Steps 2 & 3 at the same time!


What Happens Next

Before an application can be evaluated by PDE, the Certification Officer at Temple University must:

  1. Verify a candidate’s eligibility for certification 
  2. Make a recommendation to PDE via the TIMS system.

Receiving Your Credentials

Applicants should check the status of their application via TIMS.  Once approved, TIMS will generate the credentials electronically for printing or download by the applicant.

For more information about Teacher Certification in Pennsylvania, including links to help and support for using the TIMS application process, please visit the PDE web site at: If you have questions about your certification program at Temple, please contact the Office of Academic & Student Affairs: (215) 204-8011.

Certification Office

Temple University College of Education and Human Development
Attn. Certification Office
Ritter Annex Room 100
1301 Cecil B Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19122
p. 215-204-8011 | e.
To request a letter verifying program completion please complete the Request a Letter of Completion online. 

The Certification Office is located in the Shimada Resource Center (Suite 150) on the first floor of Ritter Annex.