MEQ may be issued to those persons who have completed at least thirty-six (36) semester
hours of graduate-level credit in accordance with Chapter 49.191(1) State Board
of Education regulations.
for an MEQ must hold a valid Level I or Level II Pennsylvania certificate and
have earned at least 36 graduate-level semester hour credits with a grade of “C,”
“Pass,” or better. A minimum of 18 of
the 36 credits must be earned in the content area of the applicant’s
certification area(s) at an accredited college/university.
the 36 required credits, a maximum of 18 may be earned through Pennsylvania
in-service programs approved by the Secretary of Education after October 1,
maximum of 18 of the 36 required credits may be satisfied through in-service
programs approved by the Secretary of Education. Official in-service letters with a raised
seal must be submitted with the application.
No. Community college credits and continuing
education units (CEUs) are not accepted toward the MEQ.
No. Act 48 continuing education hours do not
count toward an MEQ.
No. A quarter hour credit is only equal to
two-thirds of a semester hour credit.
if they meet the criteria.
must be clearly listed as graduate level on the transcript. This information is usually on the back of
the transcript or may be verified with the college/university registrar.
Bureau cannot be responsible for meeting school district deadlines. We recommend submitting your application well
in advance of your deadline.