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Transfer Your Professional Skills to a Teaching Career

Point Park University is the only Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-recognized institution in Pennsylvania that offers an American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) program.

ABCTE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to putting qualified professionals in the classroom through a state-approved alternative teacher certification program.

All candidates in Point Park's ABCTE Program must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university prior to initiating the ABCTE program.

American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

The PDE has implemented a procedure for candidates holding the ABCTE certificate issued by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence to obtain an Instructional I certificate in the following content areas:

  • Special Education PreK-12
  • PreK-4
  • Secondary Education Grades 7-12 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Physics 
    • Science

Get Started

For more information, visit the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence/Pennsylvania and follow the ABCTE Program Process steps below.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the ABCTE program at Point Park and have all your questions answered by sending an email to Mrs. Beverina-Moore, M.A., lecturer and director of student placements, at and requesting an invitation to a Zoom informational meeting.

Required 60 Consecutive Days of Teaching Start Dates – Important

Below is a chart showing the required 60 consecutive days of teaching start dates for the ABCTE program.

Start Dates

All Information and TTP Submitted No Later Than 11:59 p.m. on These Dates

September 6 August 12
October 10 September 16
November 7 October 14
January 9
December 9
January 30 January 6
February 20 February 1
We offer six different start dates for the required 60 consecutive days mentoring during the academic year. Candidates need to complete all steps in Phases 1 and 2 before moving to Phase 3. As soon as the candidate receives their Temporary Teaching Permit, the candidate is required to start the mentoring on the next available date. The Temporary Teaching Permit is valid for one year and cannot be renewed. 

ABCTE Program Process 

The flowchart below lists the steps and actions that must be taken in order to complete the ABCTE mentoring process through Point Park University.

For more information about Point Park's ABCTE program, contact Mrs. Beverina-Moore, M.A., lecturer and director of student placements, at

The following table explains the 15 steps to complete the ABCTE program at Point Park University.
Person Responsible


1. Read the Point Park University ABCTE Handbook then visit the and register.


Complete this Verification of Registration for American Board Certification form.

2. Pass the Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) Exam and content exam(s).

  • Special Education PreK-12
  • PreK-4
  • Secondary Education Grades 7-12 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • English 
    • Mathematics 
    • Physics 
    • Science 


Submit American Board Scores and Certificate to Mrs. Beverina-Moore.

3. Apply online to Point Park University.

  • After you pass the American Board Exams


Required Supporting Documents:

ID Photos – As of Summer 2022, applicants must submit a personal photo and a picture of a government-issued photo ID for identity verification purposes. Photos may be uploaded during the application process or emailed to
Official transcripts - Admission as an ABCTE candidate requires proof of a bachelor's degree from an accredited American institution or its equivalent from a recognized institution outside the United States. Therefore, all ABCTE candidates must request official copies of all college and university transcripts showing conferral of a bachelor's degree and have them sent to Point Park University. 
Official transcripts:
  • Have a seal or statement indicating no seal
  • Have an authorized signature 
  • Are submitted electronically to Point Park by the issuing institution utilizing Parchment or E-script online transcript services. Electronic submission is preferred.


  • Are mailed directly to Point Park by the issuing institution. Our address is:
Point Park University
Office of Graduate Admission
201 Wood St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

NOTE: Candidates who earned their degrees at institutions outside the United States must request an official transcript evaluation from World Education Services or International Consultants of Delaware (all non-English transcripts must also include English translations) and have that evaluation sent directly to Point Park University.

Email your American Board scores and certificate to Mrs. Denise Beverina-Moore.


  • Select the Graduate and Doctorate Application.
  • Before beginning your application, you will need to set up an account by providing a valid email address and creating a password.
  • When asked for type of program, select Graduate.
  • When asked to indicate type of student, select On Ground.
  • When asked to indicate academic major, select one:
    • Professional Development Graduate Secondary Education (grades 7-12)
    • Professional Development Graduate PreK-4
    • Professional Development Graduate Special Education PreK-12



4. After being admitted, register for two online graduate classes at Point Park University. Transfer credits are not approved for the ABCTE Program.

Lynn Ribar, Office of Graduate Admission

Mrs. Beverina-Moore, Director of Student Placements, School of Education

Candidates are required to successfully complete two of the eight-week online graduate courses listed below and earn a 3.0 GPA:

NEW! Special Education PreK-12

  • SPED 542 - Intensive Reading, Writing and Math Interventions
  • SPED 533 - Special Education Inclusive Practices

PreK-4 AND Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

  • SPED 534 - Differentiated Instructional Practices in the Inclusive Classroom


  • EDUC 515 - Foundations of Literacy and Writing

Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

  • EDUC 501 Instructional Methods for Secondary or EDUC 530 - Instructional Methods

5. Pass American Board exams.


Submit American Board scores and certificate in Schoology Professional Development Step 5.

6. Complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility form.



Submit Statement of Financial Responsiblity form in Schoology Professional Development Step 6

7. Request approval for your 60-day teaching placement and include:

  • Name of the school and school district
  • Teaching schedule
  • School district calendar



Candidate will acquire his or her own placement. (The placement must consist of at least 60 consecutive days of full-time, full-day teaching in the candidate's certification area. Part-time and cyber school placements are not acceptable.)

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates when documents are due.

Submit to Schoology Professional Development Step 7:

  • Name of the school and school district
  • Teaching schedule
  • School district calendar

8. Complete Placement Verification form including School District Official’s signature.


Submit approved Placement Verification form to Schoology Professional Development Step 8.

9. Apply for new clearances.




10. Complete Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania training.

Candidate Submit certificate - Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania to Schoology Professional Development Step 10.




11. Upon successful completion of Phases 1 and 2, candidates are required to gain permission via email from Mrs. Beverina-Moore, to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the Temporary Teaching Permit (TTP).

Learn more: TIMS FAQ page

Candidate with required permission from Mrs. Beverina-Moore


In order to apply for the TTP, a candidate must supply the following to PDE:

Submit the ABCTE application addendum in Schoology Professional Development Step 11.

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates which documents are due.

12. Using your TIMS username and password access your Temporary Teaching Permit (TTP).


Submit your TTP to Schoology Professional Development Step 12.

13. Mentoring Process Begins

Review the chart above for the approved start dates and dates which documents are due.

Mrs. Beverina-Moore

  • University supervisor assigned
  • Attend the Mandatory Virtual Orientation 
  • Mentoring starts on the next available date
  • Begin 60 consecutive days of full-time, full-day teaching in certification area
  • Maintain attendance card

14. Mentoring Requirements




Complete 60 consecutive days of full-time, full-day teaching in certification area.

Assignments submitted in Schoology ABCTE mentoring:

  • Daily lesson plans as required by your school
  • Submit Weekly Log
  • Final attendance card with last teaching date approved by University supervisor
  • One lesson plan submitted prior to each of the four required virtual and/or face-to-face observations by the University supervisor
  • One reflection submitted following each observation
  • Complete four seminar assignments
  • Compile professional portfolio




15. Upon completion of Phase 3, candidate applies through TIMS for Instructional 1 Certification.

Learn more: TIMS FAQ page

Navigating the Teacher Information Management System Video:




Directions for Applying for Instructional I Certification

2022-2023 Academic Year 60-Day Mentoring

Allegheny County - $4,500
Outside of Allegheny County - $6,000
  • ABCTE Mentoring for Special Education PreK-12 (SPED)

  • ABCTE Mentoring for Secondary Teacher Certification (EDUC 640)

  • ABCTE Mentoring for PreK-4th Grade Teacher Certification (EDUC 627)

Graduate Tuition and Fees 

Please see our Tuition and Costs page for the most recent information regarding online graduate education tuition per credit.

Students enrolled in the ABCTE Program are not eligible for funds administered through the University since the program does not meet the criteria for eligibility for federal, state or private sources of funding. This includes the following:  University funds, PHEAA state grant funds, Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), Direct Student Loans (DL) and most private student loan programs. However, Sallie Mae is a private student loan lender that will provide assistance to Non-degree seeking Graduate students.


The University offers a Tuition Payment Plan that ABCTE Program students may consider. Students who do not make satisfactory arrangements to pay tuition and other charges will be assessed non-refundable late fees until such time that all charges are paid in full. In addition, all academic transcripts and records will not be released until all charges are paid in full.

The Office of Student Accounts is primarily responsible for billing, payment plans, employer reimbursement, third party billing, collections and student refunds.

For information on payment plans, contact the Office of Student Accounts at