Clearances, Field Placement, Teacher Candidacy, & Certification

School of Education

If you want to become a certified educator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you need diligence, organization and preparedness. Learn how Edinboro University’s School of Education helps you every step of the way, guiding you through the government clearances, candidacy requirements, state testing, student teaching and eventually certification.

Before You Become a Certified Teacher

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), you must:

*Note: If you are seeking teacher certification from a state other than Pennsylvania, please 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.

Clearance Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Edinboro University require clearances be submitted by students pursuing a degree in the education field.

Clearances are an essential part of any education program because you will be working directly with minors, who are protected under federal law. The list of clearances and forms below are required by all students in the School of Education and must be submitted before scheduling clearance required courses. The clearances must also be updated before student teaching. New clearances may be required for field. Do not secure new clearances for field unless you are contacted by our office. See below “Submission of clearances for field experience”.

Any questions regarding clearances should be directed to Stacey Guianen, School of Education, sguianen@edinboro.edu or 814-732-1305.

Clearance packets should not be submitted until all 9 items are completed. Any incomplete packets will be returned to the student and must be resubmitted once complete. The results of all clearances can be submitted in the following manners:

Please note, the School of Education cannot provide copies of clearances to students. Keep your originals in a safe and accessible location for the various requirements of the University and K-12 school districts.

Students not complying with this requirement will not be permitted to schedule clearance-required courses. See list below:

School of Education Clearance Required Course Listing

Clearances will be requested throughout various parts of an Education student’s academic career. Please see below for each situation and requirements.

Initial submission of clearances (freshman or newly admitted graduate student who will be registering for clearance required courses).

All clearances listed below are valid for up to 5 years from the date of submission unless otherwise noted.

  1. School of Education Clearance Requirements Permission Statement - Must be signed and submitted with all clearances.
  2. Act 34 Criminal Record Check Online Submission Purpose of record check must be EMPLOYMENT.
  3. Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance Instructions and Online Submission Purpose of record check must be EMPLOYMENT non-governed by school code.
  4. Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Clearance - USE SERVICE CODE 1KG6RT - PA PDE-COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM.
    1. If completing fingerprinting at the IU5 in Edinboro, please follow these instructions.
    2. Please note, PDE only sends Unofficial Results via email. The email is valid for 30 days and can only be accessed once. Be sure to check your email regularly (including your spam folder) for the results. Once received, be sure to save the results for your records. If you do not receive the results via email or can no longer access them, you will need to contact PDE to request a hard copy be mailed to you. Their contact information is ra-edfbi2@pa.gov or 717-783-3750.
  5. TB Test Results (Student Health Services or family physician) Valid for one year from date of results read.
  6. Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Mandated Reporting
  7. Proof of Liability Insurance (minimum $1 million coverage, four-year term Recommended)
  8. Act 24/82 Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form Must be signed within the first semester.
  9. Student ID or driver's license (photo ID)

Submission of clearances for Student Teaching and HPE Internships.

All clearances listed below are valid for 1 year from the last day of student teaching or internship unless otherwise noted. These clearances will be submitted along with the Student Teaching Application or HPE Internship Application (contact HPE department for more information).

  1. School of Education Clearance Requirements Permission Statement- Must be signed and submitted with all clearances.
  2. Act 34 Criminal Record Check Online Submission Purpose of record check must be EMPLOYMENT.
  3. Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance Instructions and Online Submission Purpose of record check must be EMPLOYMENT non-governed by school code.
  4. Act 114 FBI Fingerprint Clearance- USE SERVICE CODE 1KG6RT - PA PDE-COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM.
    1. If completing fingerprinting at the IU5 in Edinboro, please follow these instructions.
    2. Please note, PDE only sends Unofficial Results via email. The email is valid for 30 days and can only be accessed once. Be sure to check your email regularly (including your spam folder) for the results. Once received, be sure to save the results for your records. If you do not receive the results via email or can no longer access them, you will need to contact PDE to request a hard copy be mailed to you. Their contact information is ra-edfbi2@pa.gov or 717-783-3750.
  5. TB Test Results (Student Health Services or family physician)
  6. Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Mandated Reporting– Valid for up to 5 years
  7. Proof of Liability Insurance(minimum $1 million coverage, four-year term Recommended)
  8. Act 24/82 Arrest/Conviction Report & Certification Form Must be signed within the first semester.
  9. Student ID or driver's license (photo ID)

Please note: It is up to the student teaching site to determine if your clearances meet the necessary requirements. They have the right to ask you to update any clearances at any time. The school district can ask you directly for your clearances while on site; be sure to have these available.

Submission of clearances for Field Experience

Clearance requirements for field students vary by field site/school district. Once your placement has been finalized, the School of Education will evaluate your initial clearances already on file. If any clearances are required to be updated, you will be notified by the School of Education. Do not renew clearances until hearing from the School of Education or contacting Stacey Guianen at sguianen@edinboro.edu or 814-732-1305. The school district can ask you directly for your clearances while on site; be sure to have these available.

Teacher Candidacy

The path to becoming a certified teacher at Edinboro University begins by obtaining “Teacher Candidacy” after entering the program. This candidacy allows you to continue to the upper level courses, become certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and acquire experience as student teachers.

One of the first steps a student who wishes to become a teacher must complete is to obtain the status of teacher candidate within the School of Education. “Teacher Candidacy” is a set of procedures and standards for completing the School of Education programs at Edinboro University. You must obtain “candidacy” to continue with your chosen program. This structure ensures that Edinboro graduates are prepared to be excellent professional educators by meeting the quality standards at both national and state levels.

After entering a program in the School of Education and passing initial testing, the next step is to obtain Teacher Candidacy, which will allow you to continue with the program as you move toward graduation. Outlined below are the steps that must be taken by Undergraduates, Graduates and Certified Professionals.

Are You an Undergraduate Student?

Undergraduate students must meet these criteria in order to obtain candidacy:

List of courses that require candidacy

Applications must be signed by the applicant and his/her advisor and attached with the most current Edinboro University degree works audit and a copy of PAPA/Core/SAT/ACT scores. Please ensure all clearances are up-to-date and on file with the University before submitting an application for candidacy.

Teacher Candidacy Applications for Students Admitted to EU before Fall 2021

Teacher Candidacy Application for Students Admitted to EU Fall 2021 and After

Applications must be submitted to the applicant’s advisor and sent to:

The Office of Certification and Student Teaching
140 Butterfield Hall
310 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16441

Are You a Certified Professional?

If you are a professional who is already certified in Pennsylvania, you do not need to apply for candidacy in order to get additional certification. You must take the appropriate courses and pass the required testing to be qualified for certification in their area. All clearances must be up-to-date and on file with the University.

Gain Field Experience

Field Application Deadlines:

Speak directly with your advisor for detailed information regarding field placements and when you will register for a field experience.

Fill out the field experience application and submit to your advisor for review and approval.

Please note: Students are unable to schedule for field via SCOTS until field application is completed and on file with the School of Education.

Certification Requirements

Receiving Teaching Certification is the final step students must reach before they can serve in a Pennsylvania public school. Students must complete their chosen program, graduate and pass the appropriate testing to receive their certification.

What Is Teaching Certification?

Certification is a process in which the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements are fulfilled and verified so that you can be an educator in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. All professional employees of the Commonwealth’s public schools must hold a certificate. The Pennsylvania State Board of Education sets the standards and regulations for certification, and the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality administers those standards and regulations in regard to certifying educators. Individuals must hold a valid, appropriate certificate with the proper endorsement area corresponding to the job assignment in order to serve in a Pennsylvania public school.

Pennsylvania's Certification Requirements

How to Apply for a Pennsylvania Certificate Through Edinboro University

  1. Register with TIMS. Information on how to get started with TIMS can be found here.
  2. Complete the SOE Credential Application.

    Undergraduate students – Please forward the completed credential application to the address on the form or email the form to Stacey Guianen at sguianen@edinboro.edu.

    Post-baccalaureate students - Please forward completed credential application to your program head for approval or email the form to Stacey Guianen at sguianen@edinboro.edu.
  3. Indicate Edinboro University as your Educator Preparation Program.
  4. Once approved, your certificate will be available within 10 weeks on the TIMS site.
  5. Once you have registered with TIMS, click here to apply for the new credential or to check the status. Then click on "Personal User" then "Login to TIMS."

Contact Us

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

Erinn Lake, DEd
Dean
145 Butterfield Hall
Email: lakee@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2724