CSPG 38 - Safety/Driver Education (7-12)
Instructional Area Code 5215
Modified: March 30, 2023
Safety/Driver Education is an instructional program that describes the theories, methods, and techniques involved in teaching driver and safety education.
Grade Level Scope of Certificate
A person holding a valid Pennsylvania certificate for Safety/Driver Education is qualified to teach Safety/Driver Education courses in grades 7 through 12. A person holding this certificate is also qualified to teach this content in the sixth (6th) grade. (See CSPG #104).
The certified Safety/Driver Education instructor may plan, direct, and conduct classroom theory and behind-the-wheel instruction at the secondary level.
The following certificates continue to qualify an individual to serve as a Safety/Driver Education teacher within the grade scope of the certificate:
Driver Ed – Safe Living
General Safety Education
A licensed Private Driver teacher or director is not required to hold an instructional certificate to provide classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction provided that the employing school district has posted the vacant position for a minimum of ten days on the publicly available website and no qualified, certified candidate is available.
A Behind the Wheel Driver Aide [pursuant to §1519(b) of the Public School Code] may teach behind-the-wheel instruction under the supervision of a certified Safety/Driver Education teacher
An educator certified in Safety/Driver Education may:
- provide professional development regarding their collegial studies;
- serve in the role of mentor advisor; and
- assist students in understanding how to read content area materials.
An educator holding a Pennsylvania certificate for Safety/Driver Education certificate is not certified to operate a private driver training school (PDTS) or teach a CDL program unless licensed to do so.
Program Specific Standards and Guidelines for Certification
Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide, February, 2003
22 PA Code: Chapter 4: §4.22(c)(7), §4.23(c)(8), §4.31(f), §4.33(c)
Chapter 49 §49.11, §49.81
PA Public School Code: §1202, §1209, §1212, §1519, §1604
This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 10/76, 1/87, 7/04
Summary of Changes
- Reviewed and updated formatting.
- No major changes necessary