Act 48 of 1999 requires all Pennsylvania educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification including Instructional I and II, Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility and all vocational certificates to participate in ongoing professional education.
All certified educators must then complete every five years 180 hours of professional development that is related to an area of the professional educator’s assignment or certification. The 180-hour requirement can be met with six college credits, for the purposes of calculating hours and credits, one credit of collegiate study is equivalent to 30 hours of continuing professional education.
Only successfully completed courses (earning a 'C' grade or better) taken at Arcadia University will be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education with proper documentation. All other courses must be reported through the appropriate institution.
The General Assembly passed legislation that permits a professional educator to carry forward 50 hours of continuing professional education credits into the next compliance period if they were obtained during the final two years of the educator’s compliance period and are in excess of the required 180 credit hours for the current compliance period.
If you have any questions related to the application of Act 48 carry over credits, please send your questions to RAfirstname.lastname@example.org; or if you have questions related to Act 48 carry over credits, please contact Carla Wilson at email@example.com or call 717.346.7112.
Programs at Arcadia University Receiving Act 48 Credit Hours
Collegiate credits may be applied to the continuing education requirements if earned during the current Act 48 compliance period. The credits must relate to the educator’s area of assignment/certification or within a program leading to administrative certification.
Act 45 Credit
All of the preparation/certification, induction and continuing professional education of assistant principals and principals, assistant superintendents and superintendents, IU assistant executive directors and executive directors, and career and vocational technical school directors is governed by the provisions of Act 45. This legislation affects professional educators with administrative certificates who are employed in any of these positions on or after January 1, 2008.