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Driver and Safety Education

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Approved Driver Education Programs

Content and Performance
Expectations for
Driver Education
(PDF)

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

Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System

Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Education

Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

Donate Life PA

Clearances and Required Documents for PDTS Instructor Applicants

Child Abuse Clearance

Federal Criminal History Background Checks

State Police Background Check

Request for Driving History (PDF)

Safety Education

Safety and Injury
Prevention Standards
(PDF)

Online Theory Driver Education Program Application and Policy

Online Theory Driver Education Policy (PDF)

Driver Education - Online Theory Program Approval Checklist (PDF)

Driver Education - Online Theory Program Application (PDF)

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The Parents Supervised Driving Program (PDF)

Driver Education encompasses requirements for both Public Schools and Private Driver Training Schools.  Safety Education requirements are provided through the Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education. 

Driver Education Content and Performance Expectations, The Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide, Academic Standards for Health, Safety and Physical Education and web site links that can lead you to information about free videos, educational materials and grant opportunities can be accessed on this website. Teachers will find links that can be incorporated into lesson plans and student assignments involving internet research on driver education and safety topics. Parents will find links to parental guides that can help in directing them as they provide supervised driving experiences with their teens.

Public Schools

School districts may provide a driver education program per 24 P.S. § 15-1519 et seq. 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. For school districts offering Driver Education, the Content and Performance Expectations describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of the thirty-hour classroom theory and the six-hour behind-the-wheel instructional program.  Attainment of these expectations will allow students to safely use the Highway Transportation System with greater confidence and higher skill levels.  

TEACHER CERTIFCATION TESTING

Individuals who currently hold either an Instructional I or an Instructional II teaching certification who wish to add Safety/Driver Education to their certification will need to pass the Pennsylvania Safety Driver Education Teacher Certification Assessment (PSDETCA). Information regarding test directions, test application, and test dates is below:

A Message From The School Safety Education Advisor (Word) 

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, see 24 P.S. § 15-1519(b).  The procedure is as follows:

  • The local chief school administrator must make a request to PDE for employment of a teacher aide
  • Driver Education Teacher Aide Application PDE-283 must be completed and submitted along with all supporting documents
  • Applicant must pass a theoretical examination administered by PDE
  • Applicant must pass a practical examination administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The applicant must possess the following qualifications:

  1. Satisfactory completion of both the theoretical and practical 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. Must complete an additional nine hours of credit in General and Traffic Safety Education within a three year period of employment.
  6. Be eligible according to the provisions in section 1209 of the Public School Code of 1949.
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 Pennsylvania Department of 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. Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide (PDF)

Private Driver Training Schools

PDTS Test Change. The Pennsylvania Private Driver Training School Instructor's Examination (PPDTSIE) has been modified and revised. The format for the test is now 100 multiple choice questions. To prepare for the test all candidates should familiarize themselves with the Pennsylvania Enhanced Driver Education Program Guide and should know the rules of the road, the laws governing licensing, safe driving practice, good teaching habits and motorcycle safety. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John V. Kashatus, School Safety Education Advisor at 717-783-4382 or johkashatu@pa.gov

Safety Education

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.

 


For additional information, please contact:

Donna Stewart |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Teaching and Learning, Division of Curriculum
333 Market Street, 3rd Fl. | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.2642 | Fax: 717.783.3946
donnstewar@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us