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Level II Certification

These questions and answers are based on current regulations 22 PA Code Chapter 49, Certification of Professional Personnel as of September 1999.



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What do the terms "Level I" and "Level II" mean?

When will my Level I certificate expire?

What is meant by the term "service years" pertaining to the validity of my Level I certificate?

Can my initial Level I certificate be renewed?

When should I convert my certificate to Level II?

What does it mean if my certificate lapses?

What does it mean if my certificate is "inactive?"

Once my certificate has lapsed, how do I reinstate the validity of the certificate?

I have more than one area of certification.  Will I need three years of service in each area?

Will teaching experience outside of Pennsylvania count towards Level II?

Will service as a substitute count towards Level II?

Is unsatisfactory service creditable towards meeting the experience requirements for Level II?

​Will teaching experience outside my certificated area count towards Level II?

Will service at a private or nonpublic school count towards Level II certification?

Will service at a charter school count towards Level II?

What types of services will not count towards Level II certification?

Am I required to complete an Induction Program?

How many credits do I need for Level II?

Are the 24 post-baccalaureate credits required to be in a specific area for Level II?

Are community college credits and continuing education units (CEUs) accepted towards Level II certification?

Will credits completed at an approved seminary, school of theology, medical school, law school, etc. be acceptable for Level II certification?

Are quarter credit hours equivalent to semester credit hours?

How do I apply for a name change on my certificate?

How do I apply for a duplicate certificate?

Who should I contact if I have questions regarding this process?