Codes and Regulations
Pennsylvania Code Regulations
The official version of Pennsylvania's education regulations may be found at the
PA Code, Title
22 website in both web page (HTML) and Adobe PDF formats.
Pennsylvania Public School Code
Additional Code and Regulations
Under Executive Order 1996-1, all agencies under the Governor's
jurisdiction are required to compile and publish regulations under development
A Basic Education Circular (BEC) provides the
Department of Education's guidance on the implementation of law, regulation and
policy. This includes Purdon's Statutes, Federal Codes, PA Codes, US Codes.
Career & Technical Education
The Pennsylvania Code is an official publication of
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It contains regulations and other documents
filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau under the act of July 31, 1968 (P.
L. 769, No. 240) (45 P. S. §§ 1102, 1201—1208 and 1602) and 45 Pa.C.S. Chapters
5, 7 and 9, known as the Commonwealth Documents Law (CDL). It consists of 55
titles. Title 22 directs Education; Chapter 339 directs Vocational Education. Chapter 339 - Rules and
Regulations - Title 22-Education (relating to vocational education) - as in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin - Effective date - May 31, 2008.
for Business Education Cross-Referenced With PA Academic
As educators have worked with the Pennsylvania
academic standards and the national business education standards, they noted
that there are areas where relationships exist between the two sets of
standards. In some cases, Pennsylvania standards could be met while also meeting
business education standards. For this reason, representatives from the field of
business, computer, and information technology worked to cross reference the
Pennsylvania academic standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening;
mathematics, science and technology; economics; civics and government; and
career education and work with national standards for business education. As
resources permit, the other standard areas may also be cross-referenced with the
business education standards.
Child Labor Law
The Pennsylvania Child Labor Law (CLL) was enacted to "provide
for the health, safety, and welfare of minors by forbidding their employment or
work in certain establishments and occupations, and under certain specified
Private Licensed Schools
The Private Licensed Schools Act, Act 174 of 1986, created the State Board of
Licensed Schools with the authority to license and regulate private career and
trade schools. The intent of the legislation is to protect student records,
facilitate the investigation of complaints, provide for enforcement action, and
facilitate the collection of statistical data on private licensed schools.
The purpose of the Board's regulations is to (1) establish minimum standards
and procedures for licensing and registration of schools; (2) determine levels
and forms of financial responsibility; (3) establish procedures for denial,
suspension, or revocation of licenses or registrations; (4) establish
qualifications for instructors and administrators; and (5) establish procedures
for the imposition of penalties. The Department of Education provides
administrative support to implement the Board's regulations.
As of October 2010, there are approximately 291 private licensed schools in
Pennsylvania and 11 registered out-of-state schools. Most of the schools offer
certificate or diploma programs with 85 of these institutions authorized to
grant specialized associate degrees.