Add-On Certification

Individuals holding a Pennsylvania Instructional I, Instructional II, or Pennsylvania Teacher Intern certificate can add most other instructional areas by taking and passing the appropriate Praxis II content  area test and then submitting an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  All other certificate holders may not add-on to their certificates using this method unless they also hold one of the three permitted certificate types specified above.

Instructional areas that may NOT be added by using the test only include: Cooperative Education, Early Childhood Education N-3, Elementary Education K-6, Grades PreK-4, Grades 4-8, Health and Physical Education, Reading Specialist, and all Special Education areas.  Completion of an approved program and the appropriate subject assessment test are required to add an excluded instructional area, Educational Specialist, Supervisory, or Administrative certificate.

Apply for Instructional Add-ons online using TIMS for an Instructional I (even if you hold an Instructional II certificate), select the subject, and answer yes to the next question.  You must hold an Instructional I or Instructional II before you can apply for an add-on. 

Special Alert: Please be advised that as of April 2, 2012 all 4–8 candidates must pass the Praxis II® PA Middle School core and content area tests for certification. As of August 31, 2013 the N–3, K–6, and N–12 Special Education tests and the Middle Level 7–9 tests will no longer be accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification because these certificates will no longer be issued. Students that are currently enrolled in a K–6 or a 7–9 program should take the current test requirements. Students that are currently in a Middle Level (4–8) program should take the new requirements.


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