Contact Info

          School of Education
          140 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2724

          Dr. Erinn Lake
          Interim Dean: School of Education
          Executive Director:
          School of Graduate Studies and Research
          Office: 145 Butterfield Hall
          Phone: (814) 732-2724
          Email: lakee@edinboro.edu

          Clearances, Certifications, and Candidacy



          Edinboro University’s School of Education helps students become certified educators through the Pennsylvania Department of Education by getting PDE clearances and obtaining teacher candidacy through EU.

          Becoming a certified educator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires diligence, organization and preparedness, and Edinboro University helps students through the process by guiding them through the government clearances, the candidacy requirements, the state testing, student teaching and eventually certification.

          Highlights to the Certification Process

          In order to graduate from a program in Edinboro University’s School of Education and receive a teaching certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), students must:

          • Complete and obtain all clearances required. Please refer to the Clearance Requirements page. 
          • Meet the requirements of and obtain “Teacher Candidacy” through Edinboro University
          • Pass all required state-level testing
          • Meet all Field and Student Teaching requirements
          • Have a 3.0 GPA by their intended graduation date
          • Complete and submit the required forms to both the PDE and the School of Education Office in Butterfield 140 

          *Note: Candidates seeking teacher certification from a state other than Pennsylvania should follow the procedures required by that specific state. It is the student’s responsibility to investigate certification requirements from states other than Pennsylvania. Only international students who hold immigration status and have submitted a form of intent to become a citizen are eligible to apply for PDE teacher certification.

          For additional information, see our links to Clearance Requirements, Teacher Candidacy, and Certification Requirements on the menu to the left or contact the School of Education Office in Butterfield 140.