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22 Pa. Code § 49.111. Supervisory Certificate.


§ 49.111. Supervisory Certificate.

 (a)  The Department will issue Supervisory Certificates for positions in the schools of this Commonwealth to persons who:

   (1)  Have completed 5 years of satisfactory certified experience in the area in which the Supervisory Certificate is sought.

   (2)  Have completed an approved graduate or approved alternative program preparing the applicant for the responsibilities of supervising in the program area and of directing the activities of certified professional employees.

   (3)  Present evidence of satisfactory achievement in assessments prescribed by the Department under §  49.18(a) (relating to assessment).

   (4)  Are able to help students achieve under Chapter 4 (relating to academic standards and assessment).

   (5)  Meet the following standards:

     (i)   The supervisor understands the central concepts of organizational leadership, tools of research and inquiry and principles of teaching and learning that make supervision effective and efficient.

     (ii)   The supervisor understands how all children learn and develop and configures resources to support the intellectual, social and personal growth of all students.

     (iii)   The supervisor knows and understands effective instructional strategies and encourages and facilitates employment of them by teachers.

     (iv)   The supervisor uses an understanding of individual and group motivation to create a professional development environment that engages teachers to develop and apply effective instructional techniques for all students.

     (v)   The supervisor is an effective communicator with various school communities.

     (vi)   The supervisor organizes resources and manages programs effectively.

     (vii)   The supervisor understands and uses formative and summative assessment strategies to gauge effectiveness of people and programs on student learning.

     (viii)   The supervisor understands the process of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation and uses this understanding to develop high quality curricula for student learning in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents and community members.

     (ix)   The supervisor possesses knowledge and skills in observation of instruction and conducting conferences with professional staff that are intended to improve their performance and enhance the quality of learning experiences for all students.

     (x)   The supervisor thinks systematically about practice, learns from experience, seeks the advice of others, draws upon educational research and scholarship and actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

     (xi)   The supervisor contributes to school effectiveness by collaborating with other professionals and parents, by using community resources, and by working as an advocate to improve opportunities for student learning.

 (b)  Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (a), and excluding Special Education Supervisory Certification, the Department may issue additional Supervisory Certificate areas to individuals who already hold a valid State Supervisory Certificate if they demonstrate competency in the requested supervisory area by one of the following:

   (1)  complete 12 Department-approved credits of collegiate study in the supervisory area sought, or

   (2)  achieve a passing score on the applicable content test.

 (c)  For Supervisory Certificates issued under paragraph (b), 5 years of service in the area is not required.

 (d)  A Supervisory Certificate for either Curriculum and Instruction or Pupil Personnel Services will be issued to persons who:

   (1)  Have 5 years of satisfactory professional certified service in the school program area for which the comprehensive certificate is sought.

   (2)  Have completed an approved graduate or approved alternative program preparing the applicant for the broad area, districtwide supervisory functions specified by the endorsement area of the certificate.

   (3)  Present evidence of satisfactory achievement in assessments prescribed by the Department under §  49.18(a).


   The provisions of this §  49.111 issued under sections 1317 and 1319 of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § §  367 and 369) (Repealed).


   The provisions of this §  49.111 amended September 12, 1980, effective September 13, 1980, 10 Pa.B. 3665; amended September 24, 1999, effective September 25, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 4954; amended July 14, 2006, effective July 15, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 3655; amended April 22, 2022, effective April 23, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 2451. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (372249) to (372251).

Notes of Decisions

   Professional Employee

   Person who had been certificated as a teacher but not as a supervisor and who wished to contest her ‘‘demotion’’ from a supervisory position to a teaching assignment was not a ‘‘professional employee’’ for purposes of requiring a hearing under section 1151 of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. §  11-1151). School District of Philadelphia v. Brockington, 511 A.2d 944 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1986); appeal denied 523 A.2d 1132 (Pa. 1987).

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  19.3 (relating to nonteaching professional employee effectiveness rating tool); 22 Pa. Code §  49.161 (relating to Supervisor of Career and Technical Education); and 22 Pa. Code §  49.163 (relating to Career and Technical Administrative Director).

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