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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!

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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.
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 donnstewar@pa.gov or telephone at 717-783-2642.

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.

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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