Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Pennsylvania


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.education.pa.gov/teachers - administrators/certifications/pages/default.aspx
State information on reciprocity http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers - Administrators/Certifications/Pennsylvania Certification/Pages/Out-of-State.aspx
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Pennsylvania is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. The Department will prescribe additional educational requirements if an evaluation by the Department reveals minor deficiencies in the candidate’s preparation and experience. 22 Pa. Code § 49.171
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? No.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes. All out of state teachers must present evidence of satisfactory achievement in assessments prescribed by the Department. Even those candidates meeting experience requirements must take the approved Pennsylvania content tests. Candidates not meeting experience requirements may be required to take the basic skills test and content tests. The basic skills test is not required for post-baccalaureate instructional program completers. Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Out-of-state candidates with two or more years of “satisfactory” experience may apply for comparable licensure and are only required to take the approved Pennsylvania content test. Previous employers must verify experience as satisfactory for the experience to count toward certification. Candidates who have taught for three of the past seven years may also apply for comparable licensure and are also only required to take the approved Pennsylvania content area test. Applicants not meeting experience requirements must meet additional requirements which could include: completing additional assessments, taking additional coursework, and providing proof of student teaching/practicum or one year experience on a standard out-of-state license. A temporary teaching permit, valid for one year, may be issued to educators in accordance with the current reciprocity agreement with other states, to allow the teacher to meet Pennsylvania’s requirements. 22 Pa. Code § 49.65
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? Yes. For teachers with two or more years of out-of-state experience, previous employers must verify their experience as satisfactory in order for the experience to count toward certification. 22 Pa. Code § 49.171
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Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. Pennsylvania has three main licensure levels: Intern, Instructional I and Instructional II. Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials may be eligible for an Instructional II license if they meet post-baccalaureate credit and experience requirements.
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. Military spouses are eligible to receive preferential application handling and a reduced application fee when applying for any educator certification. Applicants must meet Pennsylvania certification requirements to receive a license. Source

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