Program Requirements for Admission

Program Requirements for Admission

Note: In addition to the general prerequisites for admission to the Graduate School, the following is required by this degree program:

Admission is on a rolling basis. Candidates must meet the following admission requirements:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale in previous college work 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate
  • Three (3) years of successful teaching experience before endorsement can be awarded
  • Official transcripts must be submitted with the online application

Applying for Endorsement

Upon completion of all program requirements, the candidate is eligible to petition the PA Department of Education for an endorsement certificate. This would be classified as an add-on to an existing PA Level I or Level II certificate.

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is utilizing an online system to manage all certificates and endorsements: the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS). The candidate needs to log into the TIMS section of the PDE website to process an application for an add-on. The endorsement application must be approved by the Penn State Harrisburg Certification Officer, and may not be submitted until all courses and required field experiences have been completed.

How to Enroll

Enrollment in this program requires admission to Penn State’s Graduate School and to the program in Teaching and Curriculum in the College of Education.

To enroll, complete the online application within the Graduate School Admissions Portal.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to log in.

  • Select the appropriate semester of enrollment.

  • For Enrollment Type, select "Degree Admission." (Certification or Endorsement programs do not award a degree; however, applicants must select “Degree Admission” from the dropdown menu.)

  • Answer the question about prior coursework at Penn State and then follow the prompts provided.

  • For Campus, Choose "Harrisburg" and then select "Teaching and Curriculum" from the Major list.

  • Select “Pennsylvania Educators Level I Certification” from the Degree list. (Applicants who hold PDE Instructional I or II certification already will have their status corrected by PDE.)

  • For Option, select the appropriate option.

  • Choose a semester.

If you experience difficulty using our online application, please contact: 
Janet Althouse  jla25@psu.edu 717-948-6213