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Letters of Equivalency

These questions and answers are based on September 1999 regulations, and are subject to change by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and/or the General Assembly.

A Bachelor’s or Master’s Letter of Equivalency is used only for a salary increase.  It will not satisfy certification regulations that require an earned degree.

Master's Equivalency (MEQ)



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Who qualifies for a Master's Equivalency (MEQ)?

What are the requirements for an MEQ?

Are Pennsylvania in-service credits acceptable?

Are community college credits and continuing education units (CEUs) accepted toward the MEQ?

​Do Act 48 continuing education hours count towards an MEQ?

​Are quarter hour credits equivalent to semester hour credits?

May I use the credits that were accepted for issuance of the Level II toward the MEQ?

How do I determine if my credits are graduate level?

How can I be certain that my school district's MEQ deadline will be met?

​Bachelor's Equivalency (BEQ)



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Who qualifies for a Baccalaureate Equivalency (BEQ)?

What are the requirements for a BEQ?

Are community college credits and continuing education units (CEUs) accepted toward the BEQ?

Are CLEP credits accepted toward the BEQ?

Are quarter hour credits equivalent to semester hour credits?

May I use the credits which were accepted for issuance of the Level II toward the BEQ?

How can I be certain that my school district's BEQ deadline will be met?