Carnegie Mellon University

Educators attend a professional development program in a CMU lab

Requesting Act 48 Approval for your Event

Pennsylvania Act 48 of 1999 requires all Pennsylvania educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification to participate in ongoing professional education. All teachers in Pennsylvania must participate in 180 hours of professional development activity every five years to maintain active certification. Educator completion of credit-bearing courses is reported to the PA Department of Education by the Office of the Registrar, upon request from the participant.  Each institution is required to name a single point of contact for non-credit professional development activities.  In this role, Judith Hallinen is responsible for submitting period proposals to the state to maintain the university's approval status for non-credit programs.  She also reports program completion data to PERMS, the educator record management system. All university departments can develop programs that are Act 48-eligible but they must comply with regulations established by the PA Department of Education.  Please review the following steps for completing this process.

  1. Prior to conducting the activity, complete the Carnegie Mellon Act 48 Submission Form [.pdf] and return it to the address listed on the form.

  2. Collect information from each participating teacher: Name, Home Address, School, PA Professional Personnel ID (which teachers can find at the PA Department of Education website).  Also collect an email address that will be used to send a confirmation message when the hours are uploaded to the Dept. of Education database.

  3. Plan to conduct a program evaluation.  See this example of a minimum evaluation that can be used. Act 48 evaluation form [.docx].

  4. Determine the number of hours that each participant earns through the program. It is important to keep attendance or sign-in sheets that can be produced in the event of an audit. Teachers earn hours for participation in activities BUT NOT for breaks / meals unless a speaker presents during the meal.

  5. Send teacher information to the Gelfand Center within 21 days of the completion of your program. View a sample roster template [.xlsm]. The data will be uploaded to the Department of Education and confirmation letters will be email or sent to the department to be sent.

  6. Note: Other states have different systems, and teachers may ask for a letter that confirms that they have participated in your program and the number of hours associated with the workshop, which they can submit to their school district administrators. The Gelfand Center is only able to process files for upload to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.