Chapter 49-2 Final Form Regulations Approved by the State Board of Education
The State Board of Education, at its May 17, 2007 meeting, approved an amended version of Chapter 49-2. Prior to presenting the final form regulations to the Board for approval, the Chapter 49 Committee made several changes which had been recommended during the review process. Substantive changes to the final form regulations are summarized below.
1. The effective date for the new instructional certificates was changed from January 1, 2012, to January 1, 2013, in order to give teacher education programs substantial time to make necessary changes.
2. The Early Childhood Education certificate was expanded to include grade 4 in order to create an overlap between ECE and the Elementary/Middle level certificate.
3. The new certificates issued after January 1, 2013, will be:
a. Early Childhood (PK through grade 4, or ages 3 through 9).
b. Elementary/Middle (grades 4 through 8, or ages 9 through 14).
c. Secondary (grades 7 through 12, or ages 11 through 21).
d. Specialized areas (PK through grade 12 or up through age 21).
e. Special Education PK-8 (PK through grade 8 or ages 3 through 14) with a dual certificate in one of the following:
i. Early Childhood
iii. Reading Specialist
f. Special Education 7-12 (Grades 7 through 12 or ages 11 through 21) with a dual certificate in one of the following:
ii. Reading Specialist
4. The definition of Pre-kindergarten was amended to include Early Intervention agencies.
5. Additional technical changes were made for clarification of the Board’s intent.
Please note: All teacher education programs need to show evidence that they have included the nine credits or 270 hours of special education and three credits or 90 hours of teaching English language learners by January 1, 2011.
The amended regulations are available on the State Board website.
The final form regulations were approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) on August 16, 2007, and will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin after review and approval by the Office of the Attorney General.