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Intern certificate is valid for a specified calendar period and a Level I certificate
is valid for a service time period as specified in CSPG
#3. An educator may only be employed/perform
service on a valid certificate.
- Emergency permits: valid for up to one school year from the date of issuance to July 31 of the school year issued.
- Instructional Teacher Intern certificates are valid for three years of service.
- Career and Technology Teacher Intern certificates are valid for three calendar years from date of issuance.
- Level I certificates: Instructional I, Career and Technical Instructional I, Educational Specialist I, Supervisory I, and Administrative I. Validity is determined by
service time, not calendar years. Validity expiration dates are not printed on certificates.
- Military Science certificates are valid for 99 years.
- Certificates issued under 1980 and 1987 regulations are valid as follows:
- Instructional I: six years of service.
- Alien Provisional: six years of service (no longer issued and converted to non-citizen credential 9/2012).
- Educational Specialist I: six years of service.
- Career and Technical Instructional I: eight years of service.
- Career and Technical Instructional I certificates issued prior to July 13, 2016 that had six years of validity (under the 1999 regulations) and that were valid on July 13, 2016 will have a total of eight years of validity.
- Career and Technical Instructional I certificates issued prior to July 13, 2016 that had seven years of validity (under the 1987 regulations) and that were valid on July 13, 2016 will receive an additional one school term/year of valid service.
- Supervisory I: three years of service.
- Certificates issued under 1999 regulations are valid as follows:
- Instructional I: six years of service.
- Educational Specialist I: six years of service.
- Career and Technical I: See Important Information under Career and Technical Instructional I Certificate.
- Supervisory and Career and Technical Supervisor: 99 years of service.
- Administrative certificates issued in accordance with statute and regulations listed below are valid as follows:
|Administrative I: Elementary or Secondary Principal (effective 1980 and 1987)||83/84||Five years of service|
|Administrative (effective 1999)||78||99 years of service|
|Administrative I (effective 7/20/2007)||75||Five years of service beginning 1/1/2008|
|Career and Technical Administrative Director||78||99 years of service|
- Provisional Administrative I certificate holders:
|Provisional Administrative I (effective 6/30/2011)||72||Although a provisional certificate is issued with a five-year validity period, certificate holders must complete additional statutory requirements within two years of service on the provisional certificate in order to retain the administrative certificate (see below).|
Within two years of employment as a principal, vice principal or assistant principal, the Provisional Administrative I certificate holder must either:
- Complete an approved administrator preparation program; and
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of school law by presenting evidence of satisfactory achievement on the praxis test required for administrative certification.
- Provide proof of completion of an Introductory Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) program approved by PDE; and
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of school law by presenting evidence of satisfactory achievement on the Praxis test required for administrative certification.
Provisional Administrative certificate holders who fail to complete the above requirements within the two-year period may have the provisional certificate annulled by PDE.
you have questions regarding the certification process, contact the Bureau
of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.
- A certificate lapses when the valid calendar or service time period ends (as stated in CSPG #3) and the holder has not converted the certificate to the next level certificate.
- Service time is not counted until the certificate is issued and the educator officially begins an appropriate assignment.
- The educator may not be employed/perform service on a lapsed (or invalid) certificate.
- Emergency permits are not issued to lapsed certificate holders.
- The certificate becomes inactive when a certified educator has not met the Act 48/Act 45 continuing professional development requirements within the five-year compliance period.
- Certificates can become inactive even when the educator is not employed on the certificate or when the educator is residing outside of Pennsylvania. Please see the Department's Act 48/45 FAQ.
- A valid certificate must be maintained as active by completing approved continuing professional development requirements.
Service on a Level I certificate, in the following types of school entities/institutions or programs, is creditable toward Level II certification and is charged against the validity period of the Level I certificate:
- Public school district
- Intermediate unit (IU)
- Career and technical school (CTC or AVTS)
- Approved private school (APS.
- Pre-K Counts program (effective 2008-09 school year)
- State-owned schools:
- Scotland School for Veterans Children
- Scranton State School for the Deaf
- Correctional facilities providing secondary high school diploma programs for school-aged children
- Juvenile correctional facilities or county jails – when employed by a public school entity
- An alternative education after-school program when graduation credit is given
- Service time as a principal or assistant principal will count against the validity of the Level I Administrative Certificate (additional PIL requirements may need to be met).
- Service time on the types of Level I certificates listed below will not count against the validity of the certificate in charter schools:
- Instructional I
- Educational Specialist I
- Supervisory I
Note: Service time accrued on the Level I certificates listed above is strictly optional service time and may be used to meet Level II requirements.
Service time in these school categories may be used for converting a Level I certificate to a Level II certificate. Service time accrued in these school categories is strictly optional service time and will not automatically count against the validity of the Level I certificate.
Service time is not counted until the certificate is issued and the educator officially begins an assignment for which the certificate may be used according to certification policies (irrespective of contract, tenure, seniority pay, or retirement) in:
- The state of Pennsylvania
- A new or open vacancy (retirement, resignation, or death)
- A long-term substitute, single assignment for at least 70 days in which service is 50 percent or more of the school day and school week
- Service must be in the area of certification and/or the service must be under the scope of the certificate
- A part-time position in which service is equal to 50 percent or more of the school day and school week, e.g.:
- 4 of 8 periods per school day
- 2 ½ days per a five-day week
- A federal programs assignment
- Title I services as a teacher from a public school entity contracted to provide services to a private or registered non-public school
- A program area for which a person is permitted to hold any Level I certificate (e.g., alternative education, gifted enrichment, and in-school suspension)
- An ESL assignment on a School Program Specialist certificate (time is counted against the Instructional I certificate, not the ESL Program Specialist certificate)
Service time does not count against the validity of the certificate when the educator is:
- On approved leave of absence (maternity, medical, FMLA)
- Teaching only adults in correctional facilities
- Employed less than 50 percent of a day and week, e.g.:
- 3 periods of an 8 period school day
- 2 days per a five-day week
- Employed as a day-to-day substitute (20 days maximum in one single assignment)
- Employed under an emergency permit or Act 97 waiver
- Employed outside the mandated school year (extended school year or summer school)
- Serving on an Intern certificate (will not count against a Level I certificate)
- Employed in areas which are considered to be outside the educator's certificate scope, e.g.: an elementary K-6 certified teacher teaches an 8th grade English class; a Physics teacher teaches an Earth & Space Science class
- Employed outside of a public school entity (MH/MR center, hospital, museum, business/industry)
- Employed in another state or foreign country
The service time is counted as:
- 70 days in a single assignment in the certificate area served in one semester = ½ year
- 70 days in a single assignment in the certificate area served across 2 semesters = ½ year
- 70 days in a single assignment in the certificate area served in the 1st semester and 70 days in a single assignment in the certificate area served in the 2nd semester = 1 year
- Holidays, snow days, personal days and sick days are not considered.
Effective February 2013, Administrative I Principal K-12 (& Supervisory I), service is counted as follows:
- For 10, 11, and 12 month contracts, SERVICE is counted based on hiring dates:
- July 1 and September 30 = 1 year
- October 1 and December 31 = ½ year
- January 1 and March 31 = ½ year
- April 1 and June 30 = 0 years
- Service counts against the Administrative I Principal K-12 certificate validity for:
- Vice Principal
- Assistant Principal
- Service does
NOT count against Administrative I Principal K-12 certificate validity for:
- Single-Area Supervisor
- Curriculum & Instruction Supervisor
- Pupil Personnel Services Supervisor
- Dean of Students (administrative level)
- Administrative Principal K-12 certificate (type code 78)
- Supervisory certificate (type code 76)
No. These certificates were issued as 99-year permanent certificates. Other PIL requirements may apply for these Principal certificates.
- Unsatisfactory service cannot be used for obtaining a Level II certificate.
- Unsatisfactory service does count against the validity of the Level I certificate.
No. There is no provision to extend the validity
period on an Intern or Level I certificate for any reason.
No. To convert to a Level II certificate, you must complete the Level II requirements and apply in TIMS.
Completing the Validity Response Sheet
that are listed on your certificate do not list an expiration date or lapsing
date. The certificate lists a type code,
years valid (meaning how many service years may be accrued as explained on the
certificate back), and the effective date (certificate issuance date). Intern certificates only lapse according to
Responses 2A: If you have not completed any service in Pennsylvania since your certificate was issued, then your certificate has not lapsed and you have not accrued service time counting against the certificate validity.
Response 2B: If you have accrued service in Pennsylvania since your certificate was issued, then you can read and follow the applicable steps below so that the bureau can assist you further in determining when your certificate will expire or lapse.
has access to various pieces of service information, but your Human Resources office
has important additional information that is needed to complete the
you have questions regarding when your Level I certificate may expire or lapse,
you need to take the applicable steps listed below to obtain the following
pieces of information so that the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher
Quality may assist you further in an expeditious manner.
Steps to be completed by the educator in this process:
- Name (former if necessary)
- PPID# - in order to verify your certificate titles and issuance dates
- The name of the school entity for each assignment served; for non-public schools, the specific address, including the county in which it is located
- Contact your former school entity Human Resources office for the following information:
- The specific years you served with inclusive dates (e.g. 11/1/2000 to 6/15/2001)
- The specific title of your teaching assignment including grade levels
- Your status: full-time, long term substitute, half-time, part-time (40 percent, 60 percent), home school instructor, private tutor, home-bound instructor, contracted (name parties)
- You should include inclusive dates of school board approved official leave:
- Notes: Day-to-day substituting does not count; single long term substitute assignments of 70 days or more should be listed with their inclusive dates.
- If you were hired on an hourly wage rather than a salary, include official information of total hours served per semester and per school year. This information may be on record with a school entity payroll office.
- If you believe that you have completed approximately five years of service or more.
- This form is not used to determine if you are eligible for a Level II certificate.
- This form is used to determine whether or not your Level I certificate is about to lapse or has already lapsed.
- To find and print the form go to Fees and Forms:
- Have your Human Resources office complete this form.
- If there are additional school entities where you accrued former service, contact them for an official letter of service that can be sent with the worksheet.
- Return this information to the bureau with your contact information marked "Attention: Validity."
- The form may be faxed to 717-783-6736 or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.