The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania currently provides two levels of certification. The initial certificate, Instructional I, is also known as a provisional or intern certificate. Depending on the type, it is valid for a specific number of years of service, during which the individual must complete an established set of requirements (e.g. coursework, teaching experience, or an induction program). Upon completion of those requirements, the individual is eligible for the Instructional II Certificate. If the individual does not complete the established requirements within the statute of limitations mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Instructional I Certificate lapses and the individual becomes ineligible for employment in the Pennsylvania public school system.
The applicant for the Instructional I Certificate must:
- complete an approved certification program at the bachelor's or graduate level;
- receive the recommendation of the college/university from which he or she is receiving certification;
- meet all testing requirements established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; and
- meet all other requirements established by the Pennsylvania School Code.