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​CSPG 24 - Appropriate Certification in Charter Schools in Pennsylvania

Modified: December 13, 2019

  1. The Charter School Law, 24 P.S. §17-1724-A, requires that at least 75 percent of a charter school’s professional staff hold appropriate state certification.

  2. Per state law, the following professional staff must be certified and therefore may not be included in the calculation of the maximum 25 percent exclusion to the certification requirement:

    • Principals - 24 P.S. §11-1109
    • Special Education Teachers and Supervisors - 22 Pa. Code  § 711.4 Supervision, and § 711.5 Personnel; 24 P.S. § 1732-A (c)(2) and § 1749-A (b)(8)
    • School Nurses
      • The Public School Code, Article XVII-A, Section 1732-A, requires charter schools to follow specific provisions of the Public School Code, including Article XIV, School Health
      • Article XIV, Section 1401(8) of the Public School Code defines a school nurse as a "licensed registered nurse properly certificated…" and Section 1402(a.1) states that "Every child of school age shall be provided with school nurse services…"
    • School Psychologists - 22 Pa Code § 711.5; 24 P.S. § 1732-A (c)(2) and § 1749-A (b)(8)

  3. To be included in the 75 percent of staff who must be certified, an individual must hold an active and valid certificate for their assignment or hold an emergency permit.

  4. Appropriate certification required to qualify an individual for assignment is determined through a position description and course content that lists specific duties to be performed/fulfilled. (CSPG 1).

  5. Charter school principals must be properly certified as required by 24 P.S. § 11-1109 and meet Act 45 continuing education requirements.

  6. Pursuant to 24 P.S. § 11-1109, charter school service as principal, vice principal, or assistant principal must be counted against the validity (service time) of the certificate.

  7. A PA Inspired Leadership (PIL) induction program is required for conversion to an Administrative II certificate for any Administrative I certificate issued on or after January 1, 2008 or for those whose initial public or charter school service in the position of principal, vice principal or assistant principal occurred on or after January 1, 2008.

  8. If a charter school does not employ any individual in a position titled principal, but employs an individual in a locally titled position (i.e., school director) who performs all of the duties of a principal, the charter school must utilize an Administrative certified educator and identify the individual as Principal in PIMS/PERMS.  Regardless of the local title given the position, if an individual serves in the position of Principal in a charter school, they must comply with all related Act 45 and PIL requirements.  Local Education Agencies (LEAs) may not create and utilize local titles to avoid the mandates of Act 45 and specifically 24 P.S. § 11-1109.

  9. For further clarification of the PIL requirements, refer to:
    PA Inspired Leadership
    Administrative-Supervisory Certificates

  10. For further clarification on calculation of the 75/25 percent of professional staff refer to Penn*Link issued June 7, 2018 titled, "Clarification of Professional Certification Requirements for Professional Staff in Charter Schools (PDF)."

References

24 P.S. §11-1109,
24 P.S. §17-1724-A

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous CSPG printing dates on this subject: 7/04, 11/15

Summary of Changes

​Date of Revisions
​Major Changes to CSPG #24
​9/2019
  • Removed NCLB requirements (highly qualified teacher requirements)
  • Added information on certificate areas that must be calculated in the 75% of properly certified individuals
  • Add the link to Charter School 75/25 Calculation Clarifications
​11/2015​Charter school principals are subject to the certification requirements of 24 P.S. 11-1109 as well as Act 45 continuing education requirements, therefore:
  • Charter school service as principal, vice principal, or assistant principal must be counted against the validity (service time) of the certificate.
  • Principal, vice principal, or assistant principal must complete Act 45 and PIL requirements as specified.
  • Educators performing principal, vice principal, or assistant principal service must be titled as such, and not given local titles.
  • Individuals employed in a locally titled position (i.e. school director) who perform the duties of a principal, vice principal, or assistant principal in the charter school must be identified as Principal in PIMS/PERMS.