The American Board, also known as The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in Pennsylvania You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.
Certifications Offered in Pennsylvania
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To use a teaching certificate from the American Board in the state of Pennsylvania, candidates will need to complete the following steps:
1. Complete the American Board program.
2. Obtain a teaching position in a Pennsylvania school.
3. Apply for a Temporary Teaching Permit (TTP) (valid for 1 year) with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) through the electronic TIMS system.
Be sure to include:
a. An authorization allowing the American Board to release your score reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Education
b. A photocopy of the front and back of your American Board certificate.
c. Completed American Board Temporary Teaching Permit Application Addendum.
d. A sealed official copy of your bachelor’s degree college transcript.
4. Begin teaching.
5. Upgrade your TTP into a Level I Pennsylvania Instructional and Educational Specialist Certificate (valid for 6 years) by completing:
a. A Pennsylvania Department of Education 12-week mentoring program through Point Park University.
b. Two graduate level courses (6 hours) through Point Park University. Full details on these post-certification requirements can be found on Point Park’s website. These requirements cannot be fulfilled while teaching in a cyber-charter school.
*Graduate level courses and mentoring program should be completed within your first year of teaching. These requirements can also be completed after you complete the American Board program but before you begin teaching.
Partnership with Point Park University
For more information about how our program pairs with Point Park University to help train teachers effectively and thoroughly, please visit their website. It is a crucial component of our certification that all state requirements be met for both our program and the Point Park University program.
We are available to answer your questions via email, chat or phone. Reach out to us with questions and we’ll be happy to help you figure out if our program is the right fit for your needs.
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