Dr. William (Turi) Braun, associate professor, Department of Exercise Science, received the Faculty of the Year Award at the Scholar-Athlete and Faculty/Staff luncheon.

Dr. Ford Brooks, professor and interim chair, Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel, was invited to share his expertise on addictions and counseling in Counseling Today's article, "Hidden in Plain Sight."

Dr. George F. "Jody" Harpster was named the 16th president of Shippensburg University. Dr. Harpster earned his Master's of Science degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel Administration from the College of Education and Human Services.                                           

Ship's First Doctoral Degree Program is in the College of Education and Human Services! Find out more about the doctorate in educational leadership here.

MSW Graduates -- score above the national average, Graduate students from the joint Shippensburg & Millersville University MSW program, pass the licensure exam at a rate above the national average. Find out more about the Department of Social Work and Gerontology here.

Dr. Michele Bratina, assistant professor of criminal justice, had her manuscript titled "Latino Attitudes toward Violence: The Effect of Americanization" published in the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. 

Dr. Sally Paulson, associate professor of exercise science, presented research on the importance of maintaining muscle strength later in life during the National strength and conditioning association’s (NSCA) national conference.

REMINDER: February 10 is the deadline for major changes for high demand majors

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College of Education and Human Services

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Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257

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General Email address:  

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Certification Application Instructions

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is now requiring all certification applications be submitted through an online application process. The website address is - Teacher Information Management System. 

Students will complete their application online and pay with a credit card. It is important to remember that Teacher Certification is granted through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and is separate from your graduation from Shippensburg University.   The certification process is a very important step for your future. 

NOTE:  Your initial certification application should be for your major(s) area only.  Add-on certification may be applied for after the initial certification has been granted by PDE. 

  Important information regarding the new TIMS system:  

Certification applications should not be filed through TIMS until the first day of the month of your graduation.  (December 1 for fall graduates or May 1 for Spring graduates) 

The online application will assure that your application is in PDE's system immediately.   ALL parts of the online application must be completed. Make sure you include your affiliation with Shippensburg University and include that you have graduated (or will be graduating) from an educator preparation program at our University.   Do NOT list other institutions and do NOT list student teaching as teaching experience. 

Unanswered questions could result in delay of processing your application by PDE. If there is a delay, you may contact the Office of Field Experiences and Partnerships one time to verify that you have been recommended.  All problems with your application can only be answered or corrected by PDE.  Do not call Shippensburg as we do not have the ability to change anything in TIMS.  

Any questions regarding your application status should be directed to PDE as only they can make corrections, assist you with errors and give you status updates. Shippensburg's role is twofold:   1) to verify that you completed an educator preparation program and are eligible for certification 2) to recommend you for a teaching certificate based on your good moral character. This will be done once degrees are conferred,which could take several weeks after graduation. The PDE certification office phone number is 717-787-3356. The new Call Center hours will be Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Once you have submitted your application,you can periodically check the status through TIMS. PDE is no longer printing teaching certificates and it is your responsibility, once approved, to sign in to TIMS and print your certificate. 

If PDE requires additional information to process your application, it should be mailed, along with your cover sheet that includes the bar code to: 





HARRISBURG PA  17126-0333 


Additional information on applying for certification can be found on PDE's website at