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Approved Provider Information

To request an application, email: RA-EDACT48APP@pa.gov

Independent providers of non-(college) credit professional education courses, programs, and activities wishing to apply for Approved Provider status must complete the application process necessary to obtain approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), as required by the Pennsylvania School Code (24 P.S. §12-1205.2(d)). Approvals are granted for a period of three years.

Eligible providers include:

    1. Institutions of higher education for their noncredit continuing education offerings;
    2. Professional associations;
    3. Non-governmental organizations;
    4. Nonprofit organizations;
    5. Corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies; and
    6. Sole proprietors (individuals).

Professional Education and Education Induction Plans

Professional Education Plan Applicants


School entities that do not complete a Comprehensive Plan in the Future Ready Comprehensive Planning Portal (FRCPP) may submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) a Professional Education Plan for approval by completing the Approved Provider (AP) application. The Professional Education Plan should be designed to meet the continuing education needs of the school entity and its professional employees, so they may in turn meet the specific needs of students. Professional development must be based on sound research and promising practices of educator effectiveness, consistent with 24 P.S. §11-1123, and it must be part of an approved plan for building educators' skills over the long term. With an approved AP application, schools may award Act 48 hours to both their employees and other PA educators who may not be employed by the school.   

Educator Induction Plan Applicants

School entities that are do not complete a Comprehensive Plan in the Future Ready Comprehensive Planning Portal (FRCPP) may submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) an Educator Induction Plan for approval by completing the Educator Induction Plan (EIP) application. The Educator Induction Plan is for first-year teachers (including teachers in pre- kindergarten programs, when offered), long-term substitutes who are hired for a position for 45 days or more, and educational specialists.

To request a copy of  the Approved Provider and/or Education Induction Plan applications, email RA-EDACT48APP@pa.gov and include the following:

    • Entity name
    • Entity number (see Entity Number Guidelines for more information)
    • Administrative Unit Number (AUN), if applicable
    • Type of application (Approved Provider or Education Induction Plan) being requested