35 W. Rosedale Ave.
302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
General Information: 610-436-2321
Candidate Services: 610-436-2999
Certification Information: 610-436-2321
Clinical Experiences: 610-436-3090
Deans Office: 610-436-2321
Professional Testing Center: 610-436-2413
Ms. Ashley Rowe
Director of Professional Education,
Certification, and Compliance
Mrs. Kathy Crouse
Ms. Paige Myers-Ackerman
302 Recitation Hall*
35 W. Rosedale Ave., West Chester, PA 19383
*Recitation Hall is an interior building located in the academic Quad between High Street and Church Street.
A list of WCU's educator preparation programs can be found on the Certification Programs Page.
To receive information about completing an educator preparation program listed on the Certification Programs Page, review the departmental website and contact the departmental representative.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires candidates applying for Pennsylvania state certification to be a U.S. citizen.
Teacher candidates holding a Resident Alien Card (Green Card) can be issued certifications by PDE if they have filed a 'declaration of intent' to become citizens.
Please note, foreign language candidates applying for Instructional I certification in their native language are not required to hold a valid Resident Alien Card (Green Card), or declare their intent to become a U.S. citizen.
Yes! Many school districts accept a Letter of Completion until a candidate's certification is approved and received. The Certification Office will provide a Letter of Completion to candidates who:
Once these requirements are fulfilled, the letter will be mailed to the address provided on the Intent Form. Please review the above answer to "What is the certification processing timeline?" for information about when to expect the letter in the mail.
Your PPID number is required to complete most employment applications. To receive your PPID, register in TIMS. In the box on the right, select “TIMS (Certification Application System) Log In.” Select “Register.” Complete the registration form. Wait up to 24 hours for the confirmation email. Once your account is established, log in and select “View and Update My Profile” to retrieve your PPID number.
$200 (Instructional I, Educational Specialist, & Program Specialist applications; note: Candidates with a dual certification pay only one fee)
$100 (Candidates applying for an Endorsement)
Additional information can be found through the PDE website.
In PA, all certified educators must complete 180 hours of professional development per every five years. This requirement can be fulfilled through:
Additional information about Act 48 can found through the PDE website.
Additional Information can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.