In the School of Education, our alumni play a vital role in our success and identity.
We encourage you to stay connected- let us know about your research, boards you serve
on, and awards you're earning; get engaged- attend alumni events, serve as committee
members, and come back to visit; and fondly reminisce about your days at Duquesne-
even send us your photos from your time on the Bluff!
Certification Assistance for School of Education Alumni
The interstate agreement, arranged by NASDTEC, is a collection of over 50 individual agreements by states
and Canadian provinces. Each individual "agreement" is a statement by that state or
jurisdiction outlining which other states' educator certificates will be accepted
by that state. Specifically, the agreement outlines which particular types of educator
certificates (teachers, administrators, service personnel, or career/technical), and
which particular styles of certifications (titles, fields, etc.) will be accepted.
What it is not:
It is not a collection of 2-way agreements of reciprocal acceptance. For example,
although Georgia affirms with its agreement that it will accept certificates from
Connecticut, this acceptance in no way implies that Connecticut will accept Georgia
It is not a guarantee that all certificate titles will be accepted by a receiving
state. For example, in the "sending" state you may hold a "temporary" or "provisional"
certificate which is excluded from the agreement signed by the "receiving" state.
In such a case, the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement provides no help toward your receipt
of a certificate in the "receiving" state.
It is not necessarily "full" reciprocity. The educator may have to complete additional
requirements, such as coursework, assessments, or classroom experience, before receiving
a full professional certificate in the new state.
Visit the state's Department of Education website for the current certification requirements
and application instructions.
Information related to Pennsylvania Certification
Applying for PA certification is required to be done online using TIMS (Teacher Information Management System).
Register your Username in Keystone Login. You will not be able to apply in TIMS until 24 hours after you register with Keystone
Please make sure to select Duquesne as your "Educator Preparation Program" and to
assign your application to Dr. Melissa Boston for review. Also, select "yes" to the
2 questions that ask for Duquesne to have permission to view your application
You do not need to fill out the work experience section unless you are applying for
an Administrative, Supervisory, or Letter of Eligibility certification
Once we review your online application, we will submit them to the Pennsylvania Department
of Education. After you submit your application, you can track the progress in TIMS--as
per PDE, please allow at least 7-9 weeks for certification approval. PDE will no
longer provide hard copies of your certification, but you will be able to print it
out once it has been approved.
Pennsylvania educators who hold any Instructional or Intern certificate may add instructional
content areas by testing alone with no additional coursework required. Please see
the PDE add-on certification page for more information.
PK4 Certificate Holders Only - Grades 5-6 Add-On Option
Interested PreK-4 teacher preparation candidates may take two ETS Praxis modules:
The Grades 4-8: Module 2 - English Language Arts & Social Studies (ETS Praxis Code
Candidates may take these modules during or after the PK-4 program and apply for them
simultaneously, but the evaluation of the Grades Prek-4 requirements will be evaluated
first and the Grades 5-6 add-on certificate will only be granted once the PK-4 certificate
If you are seeking verification of training to meet the Pennsylvania Behavioral Specialist
license requirements, visit the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS) site for the instructions as this process is through the State Board of Medicine.
All certified school personnel are covered under ACT 48. Effective July 1, 2000, the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted Act 48, mandating a continuing professional education
program for professional educators to maintain active certification.
The continuing professional education program requires the satisfactory completion
of continuing professional education every five (5) years. These requirements can
be met by completing one of these options:
Six (6) credits of collegiate study
Six (6) credits of continuing professional education courses
One hundred eighty clock hours (180) of continuing professional education programs,
activities or learning experiences, or
Any combination of collegiate credits, continuing professional education courses,
or other approved programs, activities or learning experiences equivalent to one hundred
eighty (180) clock hours
Legislation passed as of July 13, 2016 stipulates that if an educator exceeds the
180-hour requirement in this current compliance period, up to 50 excess hours or credit-equated
hours earned within the last two years of the current compliance period may be attributed
to the succeeding five-year compliance period.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) states that for the purposes of calculating
hours and credits of continuing professional education, one (1) credit of collegiate
studies or continuing professional education courses shall be equivalent to thirty
(30) clock hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning
experiences. Each hour of participation in an approved activity will be calculated
as 1 clock hour of participation.
Only offerings made by "Approved Providers" qualify for Act 48 credit. The Duquesne
University School of Education is an Approved Provider of collegiate studies.*
*At this time, Duquesne University is only able to offer Act 48 hours through credited
You may check your Act 48 progress through the Pennsylvania Department of Education's
Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS).