The Pennsylvania Department of Education launched a new website to provide resources and information to individuals interested in becoming educators in the Commonwealth. The website includes testimonials from real-life teachers, career and certification process guidance, information about individualized pathways to becoming an educator, and more.
“At the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we know the critical and fundamental role educators play in our communities and are committed to rebuilding the educator pipeline in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “What’s more, as a former teacher and administrator, I know firsthand how rewarding this job can be. The Teach in PA website will help inspire students to become educators and provide them with the resources they need to enter into this meaningful, fulfilling career.”
Earlier this year, PDE announced that processing timelines for In-State Level I certificates have been reduced by approximately 10 weeks since 2022. The Department also launched a new feature on its website to improve transparency and responsiveness in the educator certification process. The certification “clock” on PDE’s Certification page shows, in real time, the length of time needed to process a certificate once all required information is submitted to the Department.
Additionally, last year, PDE revamped its website to allow current and prospective educators to more easily access information related to certifications. Changes to the Certification page include more easy-to-follow breakdowns on common topics that educators are searching for; condensed and updated frequently asked questions; a step-by-step guide and instructional YouTube video for first-time users; and more.