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District-Wide Supervisory Certificate: Pupil Personnel Services

Pennsylvania offers a district-wide Supervisory certificate for Pupil Personnel Services, which is a PK-12 certificate. This certificate entitles the holder to coordinate or supervise all of the pupil personnel service areas, design and develop supporting materials and innovative and experimental processes and programs affecting the delivery of pupil personnel service, direct or conduct basic or applied research within the pupil personnel service areas, and to articulate the pupil personnel services within the instructional services.

Issuance of Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services (Traditional Route)

Preparation for this professional certificate is at the graduate level and presumes in-depth study in the area of pupil personnel services.

A person prepared as a Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services may be eligible for certification provided the applicant:

  1. Holds a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university.

  2. Has completed an approved program of graduate study preparing the applicant for the broad area, district-wide supervisory functions specified by the endorsement area of the certificate. Preparation completed out-of-state must meet Pennsylvania standards for certification. A 3.0 program Grade Point Average (GPA) is required.

  3. Is recommended for certification by the authorized certification officer of the institution where such education was obtained or holds a comparable certificate from another state (for out-of-state graduates only).

  4. Provides a chief school administrator's verification of the completion of five years of satisfactory certified school experience in a pupil personnel service area (22 PA Code Section 49.111).

  5. Has provided evidence of satisfactory achievement on assessments prescribed by the Department under Section 49.18(a).

  6. Is able to meet all other requirements provided by law.

A listing of institutions with approved programs for the Supervisor of Pupil Personnel certificate can be found under  Approved Certification Programs.

Issuance of the Supervisor of Pupil Personnel Services (Certificate and Experience Route) 

  1. Holds a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university.

  2. Satisfies the requirements set forth in section 24 P.S. § 12-1209 relating to good moral character.

  3. Holds a comparable current and valid professional-level state certificate.

  4. Has two (2) full years of experience in the area.

  5. Provides evidence of satisfactory achievement on the Pennsylvania required test.

Submitting an Application

Applicants who completed an approved preparation program outside of Pennsylvania.

Applicants who completed an approved preparation program inside of  Pennsylvania.