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College of Education and Social Work

Act 48

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College of Education and Social Work

35 W. Rosedale Ave.
302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

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Act 48

All certified educators in Pennsylvania must complete 180 hours of professional development per every five years. The professional development must comply with the plan of the school district that employs the educator. The 180 hour requirement can be met with six college credits, six credits of continuing professional education courses, 180 clock hours of continuing professional education, or any combination of collegiate studies, continuing professional education courses, or other learning experiences equivalent to 180 hours.

The College of Education and Social Work at West Chester University is an approved provider of continuing education for K-12 teachers in compliance with Act 48 legislation. The University offers Act 48 credit for workshops, seminars, conferences, and other educational activities. Credit-bearing courses automatically qualify for Act 48 credit through the University.

K-12 Educators

K-12 Educators can request hours/credits for a credit-bearing course taken at West Chester University through the following process:

  1. After completing a course at West Chester University for which you wish to receive Act 48 credit, visit EduLink.
  2. Click Professional Educator.
  3. Click Register (for first-time users) or Log In (for returning users).
  4. Click Request Submission of Credits/Hours.
  5. Enter the requested information about the class.
  6. Click Submit.

Your request will be sent to West Chester University. The Registrar's Office will verify that the hours and credits were satisfactorily completed. The University will submit the verified hours/credits to the PA Department of Education Records Management site. You may check your Act 48 progress by visiting the online Act 48 Professional Education Record Management System and entering your Social Security Number.

Please contact the Registrar's Office at for further assistance regarding Act 48 credit for coursework at West Chester University


West Chester University faculty can propose Act 48 credits for non-credit bearing activities.

PDE requires the College of Education and Social Work to submit a three-year plan outlining activities sponsored during that time. Activities must receive approval by the ACT 48 Committee at West Chester University to be added to the plan. The Committee requires approximately three weeks lead-time to grant approval.

To submit a proposal for an activity to the Act 48 Committee, please complete the ACT 48 Activity Proposal and email it to Ashley Rowe. Please note that the number of hours must be actual working hours; lunches and breaks are not counted in the number of hours of the activity.

Submit the following paperwork to the Office of Partnerships & Professional Development in the College of Education and Social Work at the conclusion of the proposed activity:

Required Information

The following information is required for the College of Education and Social Work to register participants for Act 48 credits and may be requested on the application form or during the Act 48 activity:

  • Name (exactly as printed on teaching certificate)
  • Professional Educator Number or Social Security Number
  • Number of working hours attended
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Please contact Ashley Rowe at 610-436-2321 for further assistance regarding Act 48 credit for non-credit bearing activities at West Chester University.