TIMS is the system that all applicants use to request certification in the state of Pennsylvania. The system is used by all applicants for initial certification (Instructional I), Education Specialist and Administrative certificates in Pennsylvania. The OTC works in conjunction with the programs, in the position of the Certifying Officer for Lehigh applicants.
Our office is always available to help students navigate the process, so please call with any questions you may have.
For questions about when to apply for certification, please review this document prior to the TIMS FAQs below.
See here for the TIMS Frequently Asked Questions for Instructional I Applicants.
Please see this file for Educational Specialist and Educational Leadership Applicants.
For information on certification RECIPROCITY, please review this webpage. Expect that you may need to take additional tests or courses in order to fully meet the requirements of the state. Note the final sentence on this page: "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."
PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must wait to submit the final TIMS application until the Registrar posts the FINAL grade point average after the semester in which you have completed your program.