The Teacher Online Pathway (TOP) out-of-state is recommended for students who live and teach in another state and want to earn Pennsylvania certification.

You can view information on how teacher credentials cross state lines here

On this pathway, there is an opportunity for students to complete all coursework in one academic year due to the compressed schedule. All of the courses for TOP are offered online, excluding intern teaching, so you can complete the work remotely.

In order to be eligible for this program, the candidate must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and hold a PK-12 teaching position in one of the TOP certification areas. Required Pennsylvania state testing will have to be passed prior to completing intern teaching. The candidate will be required to apply for a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate through PDE prior to intern teaching. All questions, should be directed to

We currently offer Pennsylvania Level I certification in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4, elementary); in middle level (4-8) for English, mathematics, science and social studies; in PreK-12 for Special Education (completing TOP on or after January 1, 2022); Business, Computer & Information Technology; Health & Physical Education and Spanish; and in secondary education (7-12) for English, biology, chemistry, mathematics and social studies. 

The tuition for TOP is affordable and financial aid is available for those who qualify.