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​Level II Credit Requirement

The 24 semester-hour credits required for Level II certification must be earned after the conferral of the initial bachelor's degree. A minimum of 6 of the 24 credits must be in the content area of the Level I certificate or in something that improves professional practice. Credits completed after the conferral of the initial bachelor' degree that meet the requirements below will be accepted even if the credits were completed to obtain initial certification.

  • Graduate or undergraduate credits earned at a regionally or nationally accredited or state-approved baccalaureate or graduate degree-granting institution.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-approved credits (not Act 48 hours) offered by intermediate units submitted on letterhead with a raised seal.

For further guidance on the credits required for Level II, see CSPG #7-Level II (Permanent) Certification.

See Level II Certification FAQ's for additional information.

Special Notes:

  • PDE does not receive your transcripts with an instate program completion application. You MUST submit your official transcripts along with the TIMS Level II application cover sheet.
  • Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality does not use transcripts submitted to the Act 48 office for Level II review.
  • Community college courses that are accepted for transfer credit through the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PA TRAC) are acceptable for Level II as long as they meet the other credit requirements.
  • Credits in the fields of medicine, law, theology, or real estate are not acceptable unless the educator can present evidence of relevance to his/her certification area and assignment.