• Act 45 Professional Education

    Act 45 is a statewide, standards-based continuing professional education system for school and systems leaders requiring the acquisition of 180 hours of professional development within each five-year compliance period.* Its intent is to focus on developing the capacity of leaders to improve student achievement. Effective January 1, 2008, all school and system leaders must meet their Act 48 continuing professional education requirement in programs that address Pennsylvania’s three core and six corollary leadership standards.  All active school and system leaders employed in the following positions are affected:

    • Principal
    • Assistant Principal
    • Superintendent
    • Assistant Superintendent
    • Intermediate Unit Executive Director
    • Intermediate Unit Assistant Executive Director
    • Director of an Area Vocational-Technical School


    The Act 45 legislation requires the following:

    • Preparation programs for superintendents and principals must address the nine PA School Leadership Standards

    • A Principal’s Induction Program that address the three Core Leadership Standards has been developed and is offered by the Department of Education.  Current certified principals, vice or assistant principals,who are employed for the first time on or after January 1, 2008, and all candidates who apply for a certificate on or after January 1, 2008, must complete the induction program within the first five years of employment as a principal, vice or assistant principal.

    • The Department of Education must provide the programs it offers at no cost to the individual or school entity.

    • The Department of Education must approve other providers, using criteria developed by the Department, to provide induction and continuing professional education.

    * Effective summer 2011. Pennsylvania suspended Act 45 and Act 48 requirements for two years.  Click here for details.