Act 48 Approved Program

The Camel Project's Certified Prevention Specialist Program is Act 48 Approved

The Certified Prevention Specialist Program: Deconstructing the Culture of Bullying; Eliminating Bullying-Based Violence provided by The Camel Project can be used toward fulfilling the continuing education requirements for teachers and other educators under Pennsylvania Act 48. Below is an overview of Act 48.* Please contact us for more information.

What is Act 48?

Ensuring that all Pennsylvania children receive the high-quality education that they deserve requires an effective educator in every classroom. It is essential to have school and district leadership who are focused on raising achievement. Pennsylvania's educators – from classroom teachers to district superintendents – are the most important components of educational success.

As professionals in an ever-changing society, the Pennsylvania's educators are required to continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills, just as lawyers, doctors, accountants, and other licensed professionals. Pennsylvania's educator professional development law, known as Act 48 of 1999 describes the requirements that apply to certified educational professionals. Professional development must be based on sound research and promising practices of educator effectiveness, consistent with 24 P.S. §11-1138.1 et seq. and must be part of an approved plan for building educators' skills over the long term.

All certified educators must complete 180 hours of professional development every five years. The 180-hour requirement can be met with:

  • Six college credits; six credits of continuing professional education courses;
  • 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities or learning experiences; or
  • Any combination of collegiate studies, continuing professional education courses, or other programs, activities or learning experiences equivalent to 180 clock hours.

For the purposes of calculating hours and credits, one semester credit of collegiate study or continuing professional education coursework is equivalent to 30 hours of professional development.

Approved Provider Standards

To receive approval as an Act 48 program, we have met the following application standards:

Standard 1: Professional development activities have clear objectives for increasing student achievement and school success.

Standard 2: Professional development activities are based on principles of adult learning theory to engage educators in professional growth.

Standard 3: Professional development activities are aligned to at least one component of one domain within the Danielson Framework for Teaching.

Standard 4: Professional development activities are aligned with the current and applicable Pennsylvania Core Standards or Pennsylvania Academic Standards.

Standard 5: Professional development activities utilize a curriculum that is based on research or best practice and a delivery model that emphasizes sustained, job-embedded professional development.

Standard 6: The provider assesses participant proficiency through an end-of-course assessment.

Standard 7: The provider assesses participant satisfaction and impact on professional practice through surveys of all enrollees that are used by the provider for continuous improvement.

Standard 8: Effectiveness of the offerings is evaluated through multiple measures of student achievement within the context of educator effectiveness to determine impact on student learning, educator effectiveness and/or school performance.

* Information is from the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.