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Intern Certificate

The Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certificate has been in existence since 1969. In 1983, the program was given greater emphasis as a way of recruiting additional individuals into the teaching profession. The program previously had been restricted to graduate programs, but after 1983, it was made available at the postbaccalaureate level also. As a result, a rapid growth in education institutional participation brought an extremely high level of visibility to the program. With this rapid growth came an increasing number of questions and issues regarding the Pennsylvania Teacher Intern Certification Program. This program is specifically designed for individuals who possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree.

If interested in this program, please meet with the appropriate advisor per content area (contact information available on Admission Requirements' pages).


The Intern certificate is a valid professional certificate that entitles the holder to fill a full-time professional teaching position. An Intern certificated individual is entitled to all rights and privileges of a temporary professional employee as defined by law. The current regulation states that a Teacher Intern certificate qualifies the holder to hold a full-time teaching position in the certification endorsement area in elementary and secondary schools of Pennsylvania.

The Teacher Intern certificate is issued for a period not to exceed three calendar years and qualifies the holder to perform all the duties, functions and responsibilities of the certification area(s) for which it is endorsed. Its validity begins the month of issuance and lapses 36 months later whether or not the holder has been continuously employed on the Intern certificate by a public school. This certificate can only be issued once, and under no circumstances can this certificate be renewed. The validity of the Teacher Intern certificate, whether issued for general education areas regularly endorsed on instructional certificates or for vocational education areas, is contingent upon (a) the holder rendering satisfactory service to the employing school entity, and (b) maintaining continuous enrollment and making satisfactory progress within an approved teacher intern program leading to issuance of the Instructional I certificate.

The Intern certificate is issued only for instructional areas; it is not applicable for professionals seeking certification as educational specialists, administrators or supervisors.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for an Intern Certificate, you must meet the admission requirements for the corresponding MSED program.  Below are the programs in which we offer intern certificate, and the link to their admission requirements.

Early Level (PreK-4) Education

K-12 Latin Education

Middle Level (4-8) Education

Secondary Education- Biology

Secondary Education- Chemistry

Secondary Education- English

Secondary Education- Mathematics

Secondary Education- Physics

Still have questions about this program?  You can find your answers here on the Department of Education website.