What is Act 48?
Beginning July 1, 2000, Act 48 of 1999 required persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their certificates as active.
What must educators do to remain in compliance with Act 48?
Educators must maintain their certificates as active by earning six collegiate credits or six PDE-approved in-service credits or 180 continuing education hours or any combination of the above every five calendar years.
NOTE: Each collegiate credit is equal to 30 continuing education hours. All credits and hours must be related to an educator’s certificate type or area of assignment, unless enrolled in an administrative program or approved by the school board.
How can educators and school entities access the continuing education records?
Information regarding the credits/hours earned and the continuing education status may be
accessed through the Department’s web pages at www.pde.state.pa.us, Act 48 Reporting System.
How do educators get their Professional Personal ID?
Educators are assigned a Professional Personal ID number when their certificate is issued. Act 48 and certification data is tracked by an educators Professional Personal ID. Educators can access this number on the PDE website.
How do educators notify PDE of an address change?
Educators can print out an address change form and send it to PDE.
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Contact Patty McShane with questions regarding Act 48.