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You must submit the request form below to have Act 48 credits reported. They will not be reported automatically. Any EDUC 500 or 600 level course will count for Act 48 credit. The Graduate Education Department can only report graduate credits and credits that are related to the candidates area of certification.
Act 48 Request Form
In November 1999, the state legislature passed Act 48 which requires all persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their Level I and Level II certificates as active. The law applies to all public school certificate holders no matter where they are, what they are doing or when their certificates were issued. Inactive certification will prevent an educator from serving in a professional position in the public schools of the Commonwealth. Educators must maintain their certificates as active by earning 6 collegiate credits or 6 PDE-approved in-service credits or 180 continuing education hours or any combination of the above every five calendar years. The first five-year period began on July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2005. The second period began July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2010. The first five-year period included the 600,000-plus educators whose records are maintained by the Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation at the Department of Education.Educators who are not employed as professional or temporary professional employees by public school entities may elect to request voluntary inactive certification status from the Department in order to suspend the requirements of Act 48. At least 12 months prior to the end of the five-year period, the Department will notify educators regarding their continuing education status and the remaining credits/hours, if any, to be completed. The department will again notify the educator at the end of the five-year period. Information regarding Act 48 requirements and your continuing education status is available through the Department’s web pages at www.pde.state.pa.us.
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