School PD Requirements in Pennsylvania

What professional development requirements does a school in Pennsylvania need to meet?

On June 26, 2014, Act 71 was signed into law in Pennsylvania. This law specifically requires school entities to provide ongoing professional development in youth suicide awareness and prevention for professional educators in building serving students in grades 6-12.

This law also allows school entities to provide age-appropriate instruction regarding child exploitation for students in grades K-8. If a school entity provides this instruction to its students, the school entity must provide professional development related to child exploitation awareness to those educators assigned to teach courses into which child exploitation awareness education has been incorporated. 

What are the Professional Development Standards in Pennsylvania?

ConnectedPD online PD courses are designed to align with Pennsylvania’s Professional Development Standards.

How do I get free clock hours for teachers in my school?

PA schools can enroll their teachers in Keeping Kids Safe, a free clock hour class. This free online PD course is a great introduction to recognizing and preventing human trafficking for educators.

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How do I contact the PA Department of Education?
Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126


Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your school and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and school PD requirements in Pennsylvania listed on this page are current as of August 26th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State professional development  requirements and may change and it is your responsibility as a school administrator to know your state staff development requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or local authority.

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