If you are a teacher certified in Pennsylvania and want to apply for a new position, you most likely will need to include a copy of your teaching certificate with your application information. Likewise, if you are applying for a Level II certificate but have misplaced the copy of your Level 1 certificate, you will need to purchase a duplicate copy. Although a fee is involved, securing a duplicate copy of your teaching certificate is a relatively straightforward process.

Access the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at www.pde.state.pa.us. Click on "Certifications" on the left-hand side of the page. This link will take you to a number of options regarding teaching certificates.

Click on "Applications and Forms" on the Certifications page. Once on this page, click on the link to "PDE 338 D Request for Duplicate or Name Change."

Download, complete and sign the form. Note: You will need software that can read a .pdf file to download the form.

Purchase a money order. As of 2010, to order a copy of your certificate you must include a $50 money order.

Mail the application to the address indicated on the form. Include all required supporting documents and money order for payment.


  • Send a money order only with your application; the Department of Education will not accept personal checks, cash or credit cards.

  • If you have trouble downloading the application form, refer to the contact information on the form download page. From there, you can contact the Department of Education by phone or email.