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Interested in teaching in the state of Pennsylvania? With a Bachelor’s degree and a desire to make a difference, the American Board can help you achieve your dream.


The American Board, also known as The American Board for the 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 current job.

The American Board is also extremely cost-efficient. Compare the cost of our program (less than $3000 in most cases) to the cost of taking 25-30 credit hours at a state university and it’s no competition.

Plus, we let candidates complete our teacher preparation program at their own pace. On average, our candidates take 8-10 months to complete the program.


To use a teaching certificate from the American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence in the state of Pennsylvania, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the ABCTE 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 ABCTE to release your score reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Education

b. A photocopy of the front and back of your ABCTE certificate

c. Completed ABCTE 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 ABCTE program but before you begin teaching.

Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education at 717-783-6788 or visit their website to learn more about these requirements.


The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the American Board as a route to full teacher licensure in 2002. The Pennsylvania Department of Education fully recognizes the American Board certification for all school districts and charter schools in the state.

We offer certifications in a variety of subjects. Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

Biology (7-12)
Chemistry (7-12)
English Language Arts (7-12)
General Science (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Physics (7-12)


Select the subject area of your choice above or Enroll Now!

Call 1-877-669-2228 (option 1) to speak with a representative of the American Board for answers to any questions you may have.

To learn more about the American Board program, attend a free information session in your area. See the list of upcoming events here.

No event in your area? Check out our pre-recorded Information Session by clicking here.

You can also email us at contact@abcte.org.

Please note: while we do our best to stay current with state requirements, we are not responsible for any changes to state, district, and school regulations.

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