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Driver and Safety Education

Driver Education encompasses requirements for both Public Schools and Private Driver Training Schools. Safety Education requirements are provided through the Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education.

Driver Education Content and Performance Expectations, The Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide, Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education and web site links that can lead you to information about free videos, educational materials and grant opportunities can be accessed on this website. Teachers will find links that can be incorporated into lesson plans and student assignments involving internet research on driver education and safety topics. Parents will find links to parental guides that can help in directing them as they provide supervised driving experiences with their teens.

Public Schools

School districts may provide a driver education program as per 24 P.S. § 15-1519 et seq. of the Public School Code of 1949. The Pennsylvania Department of Education adopted Content and Performance Expectations for Driver Education (PDF) in the Fall of 2003. For school districts offering Driver Education, the Content and Performance Expectations describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of the thirty-hour classroom theory and the six-hour behind-the-wheel instructional program. Attainment of these expectations will allow students to safely use the Highway Transportation System with greater confidence and higher skill levels.

Teacher Certification Testing

Individuals who currently hold either an Instructional I or an Instructional II teaching certification who wish to add Safety/Driver Education to their certification will need to pass the Pennsylvania Safety Driver Education Teacher Certification Assessment (PSDETCA). Information regarding test directions, test application, and test dates and times is below:

A Message From The School Safety Education Advisor (Word)

Teacher Aide Application (PDE-283) (PDF)  School districts and LEAs may employ teacher aides to teach the practical driving phase of a standardized driver education program, see 24 P.S. § 15-1519(b). The procedure is as follows:

  • The local chief school administrator must make a request to PDE for employment of a Teacher Aide
  • Driver Education Teacher Aide Application PDE-283 must be completed and submitted along with all supporting documents
  • Applicant must pass a theoretical examination administered by PDE
  • Applicant must pass a practical examination administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The applicant must possess the following qualifications:

  1. Satisfactory completion of both the theoretical and practical examinations.     
  2. Possess a high school diploma.
  3. Have a motor vehicle operator's record (Three-Year Driving Abstract) free of violation of "The Vehicle Code" and other traffic laws and free of accidents.
  4. Completed a three-credit course in driver education.
  5. Must complete an additional nine hours of credit in General and Traffic Safety Education within a three year period of employment.
  6. Be eligible according to the provisions in section 1209 of the Public School Code of 1949.

PA Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide

The Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide (Guide) (PDF) was originally published in July of 2000 and developed under a grant provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Guide provides program administrators with information and direction in establishing standardized driver education programs. Likewise, teachers and school administrators will find the Guide to be valuable in developing a driver education curriculum. 

Private Driver Training Schools

PDTS Test Change The Pennsylvania Private Driver Training School Instructor's Examination has been modified and revised. The format for the test is now 100 multiple choice questions. To prepare for the test all candidates should familiarize themselves with the Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide and should know the rules of the road, the laws governing licensing, safe driving practice, good teaching habits and motorcycle safety. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John V. Kashatus, School Safety Education Advisor at 717-783-4382 or

Message from School Safety Advisor

Notice to PDTS Owners Reference Letters for Applicants (PDF)

Safety Education

Safety and Injury Prevention Standards (PDF) were established as part of 22 Pa. Code, Chapter 4, Appendix D (#006-276), Final Form-Annex A, July 18, 2002. The standards describe what Pennsylvania public school students should know and be able to do at the end of the third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades. MyPDESuite Login