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Driver and Safety Education

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Approved Driver Education Programs

CSPG 38, Driver and Safety
Education Certification and
Assignment Scope (7-12)
(PDF)

Content and Performance
Expectations for
Driver Education
(PDF)

Safety Education

Safety and Injury
Prevention Standards
(PDF)

Online Theory Driver Education Program Application and Policy

Driver Education - Online Theory Program Approval Checklist (PDF)

Driver Education - Online Theory Program Application (PDF)

Online Theory Driver Education Policy (PDF)

Parents are very concerned about the safety and well-being of their children at home, school, activities and on the highways. Pennsylvania schools and teachers play a very important role in assisting parents in teaching students what they need to know and be able to do in order to safely grow into inspired, productive, fulfilled lifelong learners.

You will be able to locate Driver Education Content and Performance Expectations, Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education and web site links where you can learn about free videos, educational materials and grant opportunities. Teachers will find links that can be incorporated into lesson plans and student assignments involving Internet research on safety topics. Parents will find links to parental guides that can direct them as they provide supervised driving experiences with their teens, and students will find links that make learning fun.

School districts may provide a driver education program per Section 1519 of the Public School Code of 1949. The Pennsylvania Department of Education adopted Content and Performance Expectations for Driver Education (PDF) in the Fall of 2003. The attainment of the expectations will enable students to safely use the Highway Transportation System.

Safety and Injury Prevention Standards (PDF) were established as part of 22 Pa. Code, Chapter 4, Appendix D (#006-276), Final Form-Annex A, July 18, 2002. The standards describe what Pennsylvania public school students should know and be able to do at the end of the third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grades.

Please experience the joy of learning as you navigate throughout the Driver and Safety Education web site.

Remember to Buckle Up and Drive Safely as you enjoy your journey through Life!

Teacher Aide Application (PDE-283)

School districts and LEAs may employ teacher aides to teach the practical driving phase of a standardized driver education program, per Section 1519 (b) of the Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949. Upon receiving a request, Driver Education Teacher Aide Application, PDE – 283, from a local chief school administrator to employ a teacher aide, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will administer an examination to the applicant. When the applicant passes the PDE examination, the applicant will be required to complete a practical examination administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. In addition, the applicant shall possess the following qualifications:

  1. satisfactory completion of the examinations,
  2. possess a high school diploma,
  3. have a motor vehicle operator's record (Three-Year Driving Abstract) free of violation of "The Vehicle Code" and other traffic laws and free of accidents,
  4. completed a three-credit course in driver education,
  5. shall complete an additional nine hours of credit in General and Traffic Safety Education within a three year period of employment, and
  6. shall be eligible according to the provisions in section 1209 of the Public School Code of 1949.
Turning Point: Work Zone Safety for New Drivers

Would it surprise you to know that a teenager is killed every three days in a roadway work zone crash...or that seven teens are injured in work zones every day? Pretty startling...and scary! Overall, you could fill a stadium with the people who are killed and injured in work zone traffic accidents each year--over 50,000!

To address the growing problem of roadway work zone crashes and the fatalities and injuries they produce, Congress called upon the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the US Department of Transportation to create a work zone safety awareness campaign for young drivers. FHWA then contracted with the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to develop an educational campaign to reach teens of driving age nationwide. As a result, ARTBA developed a tool kit entitled: Turning Point: Roadway Work Zone Safety for New Drivers.

The toolkit features:

  • A motivational video aimed at shaping new driver attitudes. Featuring a reality-based storyline, the video shows young drivers the real impact of their driving actions on human lives, especially their own.
  • An interactive CD-ROM to teach teen drivers through "real life" driving/decision-making scenarios that instruct students and give them opportunities to respond.
  • An educational web site that combines online learning activities with resource information and hyperlinks to other traffic safety-related sites.
  • A searchable resources CD-ROM of available literature and other educational materials on teen driving and work zone safety...and containing videos and other resources such as Turning Point's instructional tools in Adobe Reader format.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has received a limited number of the took kits for distribution to driver education teachers on a first-request basis. Driver education teachers desiring tool kits should send email requests to: nstekovich@pa.gov

To learn more information about Turning Point, click on: Roadway Work Zone Safety for New Drivers

PA Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide

The Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide (Guide) was originally published in July of 2000 and developed under a grant provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation and Education. The Guide provides program administrators with information and direction in establishing standardized driver education programs. Likewise, teachers and school administrators will find the Guide to be very valuable in developing a driver education curriculum. To request a copy of the Guide email nstekovich@pa.gov or telephone at 717-787-9841.

Please note that school districts and local educational agencies are required to incorporate the Driver Education Content and Performance Expectations, as adopted by the Department of Education, into driver education curriculum programs. The Expectations can be found on this web page.

Private Driver Training Schools

For additional information, please contact:

School Safety Education Office |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Teaching and Learning, Division of Curriculum
333 Market Street, 3rd Floor | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.9841 | Fax: 717.783.3946
nstekovich@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us