Teacher Induction and Certification

In Pennsylvania, Pre-K Counts teachers are required upon hire to have a Level I teaching certificate after which they have six years to obtain a Level II teacher certification. Teachers must meet several criteria to obtain a Level II certification, including the following:

  • teach in Pennsylvania on a Level I certificate for three to six years of satisfactory service; 
  • earn 24 post-Baccalaureate credits; 
  • obtain six credits associated with the area(s) of certification; and 
  • complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approved Induction program. 

Trying Together offers an Induction program for Level I teachers in Allegheny and surrounding counties that features 12 hours with an experienced mentor and 18 hours of high-quality professional development. This program is provided to teachers in Pre-K Counts classrooms. Additionally, Trying Together provides evaluators with early childhood experience that meets PDE requirements for certified Level I and Level II Early Childhood Education teachers. 

Request Induction and Evaluations

To request an induction for teachers, please fill out the Teacher Induction Request Form. Please note that all evaluation requests must additionally be made through the Evaluation Request Form.

More Information

For more information or questions, please contact Loni Gooden, Workforce Development Strategist, at 412.567.3933 or .


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