The Letter of Equivalency is issued for public school salary purposes only as defined by Public School Code and Chapter 49 regulations. A Letter of Equivalency for a Baccalaureate Degree (BEQ) or Master’s Degree (MEQ) is available. Eligibility and general information is summarized below. For additional information refer to the Certification and Staffing Policy and Guideline (CSPG) 10 available on PDE’s website.
Eligibility - Letter of Equivalency for a Baccalaureate Degree (BEQ)
The Letter of Equivalency for a Baccalaureate Degree is issued to holders of Vocational Instructional I, Vocational Instructional II or their equivalents upon the accumulation of 90 college credits. A minimum of 18 credit hours of the final 30 shall be earned at a State-approved baccalaureate degree granting institution. The remaining 12 may be satisfied, in full or in part, through in-service programs approved by the Secretary for meeting baccalaureate equivalency requirements.
A grade of “C” or better is required in college and university courses in which grades are given and a letter of satisfactory completion is required for all in-service courses used toward the attainment of the letter.
Eligibility - Letter of Equivalency for a Master’s Degree (MEQ)
The Letter of Equivalency for a Master’s Degree is issued to holders of any valid Level I or II certificate upon the accumulation of 36 graduate level credits, of which at least half must be in the content area(s) of the certificate(s) held. A minimum of 18 semester hour credits shall be earned at a State-approved college/university approved for granting graduate level credit. The remaining 18 may be satisfied, in full or in part, through in-service programs approved by the Secretary of Education after October 1, 1972.
Submit an application for a new credential using the online Teacher Information Management System, TIMS. Refer to the User Guides section of the TIMS website, www.PA-TIMS.com, for assistance.
After you submit your application online be sure you upload or mail the following:
A U.S. money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the appropriate fee, if not paid by credit card via TIMS
College transcripts in college-sealed, unopened envelopes
Official Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit in-service credit letters with raised seal, if applicable
Copy of the cover sheet printed after submitting the application in TIMS