Act 48 Hours

All Pennsylvania certified teachers must complete 180 hours of continuing professional education every 5 years to maintain their certificates. The Professional Education Plan of the Diocese of Erie, approved by the PA Department of Education (PDE), is designed to meet the goals Catholic education in the diocese and the professional education needs of certified teachers employed by diocesan schools.

According to the Act 48 Professional Education Plan of the Diocese of Erie, and educator has a various options in fulfilling Act 48 requirements:

Collegiate StudiesContinuing professional education courses taken for Act 48 creditOther programs, activities or learning experiences, including but not limited to:

Inservice sponsored by the Catholic Schools OfficeK-8 curriculum development9-12 curriculum development committeeMiddle States evaluation processSchool-based administratively-directed study groupTeacher Induction ProgramSchool-based InserviceInservice outside the schoolNational, state or local professional organization conferenceOther programs sponsored by the PA Department of EducationPresenting at diocesan or school-based inservice

More Information:

PA Department of Education-Act 48:
Catholic Schools Office–Education Center (Download Forms):
Email inquiries to CPE Committee at the Catholic Schools office: