Pennsylvania - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 

The standards of program design, applicants and candidates, and faculty are used to evaluate teacher preparation programs.


To be authorized to conduct preparation programs in this Commonwealth, a preparing institution and any of its off-campus centers engaged in the preparation of professional educators shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Be approved as a baccalaureate or graduate degree granting institution by the Department under § 31.52 (relating to accreditation).
(2) Be evaluated and approved by the Department to offer specific programs leading to professional educator certification under § 49.14 (relating to approval of institutions), in accordance with the general standards contained in this chapter and the professional educator program specific guidelines established by the Department.

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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