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The State Board of Education works closely with the Department of Education, state policymakers, educators and other interested stakeholders to review, develop and adopt regulations that govern significant components of both basic and higher education in the Commonwealth. Here you will find information about regulations currently under review by the Board.

Chapter 49 (Certification of Professional Personnel)

In November 2018, the Secretary of Education presented recommended amendments to Chapter 49 (Certification of Professional Personnel) to the State Board.  The Secretary’s recommendations were informed by multiple stakeholder convenings, along with a report on certification research and recommendations prepared by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI).  Below you will find a copy of LPI’s report.

The Board accepted the Secretary’s proposal on its agenda and announced its intention to consider the proposal as the Board initiated a required major review of Chapter 49.

Throughout the spring of 2019, the Board’s Teacher and School Leader Effectiveness Committee traveled across the state to gather feedback from interested stakeholders on the Secretary’s recommended amendments to the Chapter.  The Committee heard from diverse stakeholders at public hearings in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lock Haven, and Pittsburgh.  The Committee also invited individuals who could not attend its hearings to submit their comments on Chapter 49 in writing.  All testimony and written comments were reviewed and considered by the Board.

On July 8, 2020, the Teacher and School Leader Effectiveness Committee adopted proposed amendments to Chapter 49 that were informed by its review of stakeholder comments.  The proposed amendments were subsequently approved by the Council of Higher Education and the State Board of Education.

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 49 (PDF)

The proposed amendments will be published for public comment, and the Board will notify stakeholders when the public comment period opens.  Proposed amendments also will be submitted for review by the House Education Committee, Senate Education Committee, and the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.