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​Private Academic Certificate - Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher and Assistant Teacher

Section 53.21. Teachers.

In addition to the general requirements of Sections 55.31 and 55.34 (relating to general expectations; and certification for teachers), to be certificated by the board as a nursery school or kindergarten teacher, a prospective teacher shall comply with one of the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of an approved 4-year college or university with a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in early childhood education.
  • Be a graduate of an approved 4-year college or university and submit documentary evidence of the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in the theory of child development, early childhood or elementary education.
  • Be a graduate of an approved 4-year college or university and submit documentary evidence of at least 2 years successful experience as a teacher in a public, nonpublic nonlicensed or accredited nursery or kindergarten school.

Section 53.22. Assistant Teachers.

To be a certificated as an assistant teacher, a prospective teacher shall comply with one of the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of an approved 2-year college or university having specialized in child development, early childhood or elementary education.
  • Be a graduate of an approved 2-year college or university and submit documentary evidence of successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in the theory of child development, early childhood or elementary education.
  • Have completed a minimum of 2 years of college or university credit, totaling 60 credits, in an approved institution and submit documentary evidence of successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours in the theory of child development, early childhood and elementary education.
  • Assistant teachers may become certificated as teachers upon submitting documentary evidence of the completion of 2 years of teaching on the assistant teacher certificate in a nonpublic nonlicensed, a licensed or accredited nursery school or kindergarten, and a minimum of an additional 24 semester hours in the theory of child development, early childhood and elementary education at an approved college or university.