Pennsylvania, the sixth most populous state, is home to more than 12 million people, which ends up being 277 people per square mile. In 2007, 1.8 million students were enrolled in Pennsylvania's 500 school districts. In 2008-09, 17.7 percent more students graduated from Pennsylvania's schools than in 1998-99.
Almost 125,000 education professionals had their Pennsylvania teacher certifications during the 2008-09 school year. For every teacher, 14.5 students were enrolled, compared to the national average of 15.2 students. Teachers in Pennsylvania made an average of $56,092 during the 2007-08 school year, which was higher than the national average of $54,319. Nationally, teacher salaries raised 2.9 between the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years; in Pennsylvania, teachers saw a 2 percent salary increases.
Pennsylvania Teaching Certifications
Pennsylvania teaching certifications include instructional, intern, and vocational certificates at two different levels for provisional and permanent status. The state offers two different paths, one for graduates of Pennsylvania teaching programs, and the other for teachers educated out of state. Generally, certification requires an approved teacher education program, satisfactory ACTFL or Praxis scores, and minimum GPA and English/Math requirements.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education maintains a list of program guidelines and general standards for state approval of professional educator programs for all specific teaching areas. Online Pennsylvania teacher certification programs may be accepted, depending on the specific area of interest. If you're considering an online program that is not through a state-approved program, you should review the specific program guidelines and contact the department of education if you still have question. Online programs provide a convenient and flexible alternative.