Educator Preparation: Professional Education and Teacher Quality
The Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality (PETQ) is a division within the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality. PETQ provides information and support to new educators, approved PA Educator Certification Preparation Program Providers (EPPs), deans, chairs, certification officers, and faculty. PETQ liaises with EPPs, manages reviews of certification programs, and apprises EPPs of applicable changes in policy, regulation, or statute. PETQ also provides information and support to public school educators and school entities on appropriate certifications for staffing and for educators moving from an instructional Level I to Level II.
There are currently 100+ colleges, universities, and providers that offer education preparation programs approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). To learn about the education programs that are available to you in Pennsylvania, explore your options at
Program Framework Guidelines and Rubrics
The program approval process is based upon general and subject-specific guidelines, rather than a minimum number of credits, set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and implemented by the preparing institution.
Program Framework Guidelines and Rubrics established by PDE.
Institutional Program Approval
Designed to provide resources for approved program providers, the links below offer instructions, training videos, manuals, and other helpful materials.
Program Review Materials
For questions regarding education preparation programs and becoming certified in Pennsylvania email RA-EDPREPPROGRAMS@pa.gov