Act 48 Information
Philadelphia University is an approved provider for both credit courses and noncredit programs. Our diverse offerings and locations will help you meet Act 48 requirements while satisfying your learning and lifestyle needs. The University serves many educators across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These students are enrolling in many diverse courses offered by Philadelphia University and many of these courses are offered for college credit.
- What is Act 48?
- What Courses Does Philadelphia University Offer that Will Fulfill my Requirements?
- How Do I Know That My Credits Have Been Reported?
What is Act 48?
On November 23, 1999, Governor Tom Ridge signed into law House Bill 8, now known as Act 48, which changes the requirements for maintaining an active Pennsylvania professional educator's certificate. Every five years, educators must complete either:
- Six college credits (graduate or undergraduate)
- Six credits of continuing professional education courses (available through Intermediate Units)
- 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities, or learning experiences (i.e., noncredit programs)
- Any combination of credits or activity hours that equal 180 hours (each credit equals 30 hours)
You can view your Act 48 continuing education progress and obtain more detailed information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.
Only courses taken after you have been certified will qualify to fulfill Act 48 requirements. To ensure that a particular course or program will meet Act 48 requirements for you, please check with your school employer or if you are not currently employed as an educator in Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
IMPORTANT: All coursework must be submitted to the state within 60 days of completing a course. In order to be sure your coursework will be processed in a timely manner, please complete the instructions below before the final week of your course!
Student record privacy law prohibits the release of most information including courses and grades to any third party without prior permission of the student. Please download and print out the form found here to authorize the release of information to PDE.
Next, email, mail or fax completed form to: Office of the University Registrar, Philadelphia University, Archer Hall, Schoolhouse Lane and Henry Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19144. FAX (215) 951-2742 to the attention of Timothy Smalarz, Associate Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to reporting your credits to PDE, school employers may require that you provide a grade report or official transcript to signify successful course completion. We will also send an official transcript to your school employer, so be sure to complete the appropriate section of the form. If you are not currently employed, please indicate that information on the line marked "Employer."
Within 30 days after your request is received, you should receive a letter from Philadelphia University verifying credits reported to the Commonwealth. Students may also check the PDE website at http://www.perm.ed.state.pa.us to confirm that their credits have been reported.