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22 Pa. Code § 49.121. Administrative Certificate.


§ 49.121. Administrative Certificate.

 (a)  The Department will issue Administrative Certificates to persons who have a minimum of 3 years of satisfactory instructional or student support experience completed in a public or private PK—12 school or accredited institution of higher education and have completed an approved program of graduate study, approved alternative program, or completed the alternative route in accordance with section 1207.1(d) of the act (24 P.S. §  12-1207.1(d)) preparing the applicant to direct, operate, supervise and administer the organizational and general educational activities of a school. Applicants shall be recommended by the preparing institution or alternative program provider in which the program was completed. Candidates for Administrative Certificates shall be able to help students achieve under Chapter 4 (relating to academic standards and assessment).

 (b)  Certificates may be issued for any administrative area for which program approval has been granted by the Department.

 (c)  The Department will issue Administrative Certificates to persons who present evidence of satisfactory achievement on assessments prescribed by the Department under §  49.18(a) (relating to assessment).

 (d)  The Department will issue Administrative Certificates to persons who meet the following standards:

   (1)  The administrator demonstrates instructional leadership which provides purpose and direction for the achievement of all students.

   (2)  The administrator demonstrates the organizational skills to implement plans of action efficiently and effectively for student achievement.

   (3)  The administrator, in collaboration with students, faculty, staff and parents, creates a school climate that fosters student achievement.

   (4)  The administrator gathers information from, and communicates effectively to students, faculty, parents, staff and the community to facilitate student achievement.

   (5)  The administrator understands the importance of a clear, detailed vision and an explicitly stated philosophy in shaping a coherent curriculum and in fostering an effective school.

   (6)  The administrator makes systematic use of data to assess the needs and accomplishments of students, faculty and staff.

   (7)  The administrator 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.


   The provisions of this §  49.121 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 (372251) to (372252).

Notes of Decisions

   Experience Requirements Mandatory

   Applicant was not entitled to administrative certificate as secondary principal pursuant to experience requirements established by the Department of Education which is authorized to issue administrative agency interpretative policies and directives. Davenport v. Department of Education, 850 A.2d 802, 803 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2004)

Cross References

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

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