Why Teach?

Considering a career that allows you to:

  • Engage with and build relationships with an audience? 
  • Share expertise and knowledge on a topic? 
  • Create compelling material and content that fits your style? 

Then we think you'll love teaching! 

Teachers have a voice and can be a voice for others. This rewarding career is a great way to build a relationship with students who come through your classroom ready to learn. You could be the kindergarten teacher who still gets visits from former students after graduation, the infamous teacher who made differential equations understandable, or any of the amazing instructors in between.


What Are The Benefits of Being a Teacher in PA?

During their careers, teachers continue to have access to high-quality professional development and leadership opportunities. New public school teachers participate in induction programs for two years and are given a mentor. Many school entities also offer funding to attain higher education degrees, certificate programs, and endorsements. Teachers are continuously learning and growing!


Above Average Salary in PA

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Educational Statistics showed that in 2022 Pennsylvania topped the list for teacher pay, and teachers can expect to earn 28.5% more than the average salary.

Modified Summer Schedule
Loan Forgiveness
Comprehensive Salary

Find The Path That's Right For You

There is more than one way to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania. Explore the best option for you and discover the resources available to help you on your journey from The Pennsylvania Department of Education and its partners.

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Register in TIMS

Access TIMS

Ready to get in the classroom? Let’s get you certified! The certification process in Pennsylvania starts in the Teacher Information Management System, also known as TIMS.

Step 1: Apply for your Certification Online

Before you begin, make sure you have:

  • internet connection
  • your social security number 
  • a credit card

Visit the TIMS page and provide all the information on the online form. After you pay and submit your application in TIMS, you will be provided the link to print your application cover sheet. The cover sheet provides complete instruction on submitting your documents to PDE. Some documents can be uploaded and submitted electronically and others will be submitted to PDE through the mail with the application cover sheet.


Step 2: The Department of Education Processes your Application

After you create your account, a designated officer from your school recommends your certification (your school will handle this automatically once you fulfill your education requirements.) Want to check the status of your app? Login to TIMS at any time to see where you’re at in the process.


Step 3: Get Approved and Print your Certificate 

Once your certification is approved you’ll receive an email. Download and print your certificate and take a moment to celebrate you earned it!

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