Reporting Course Work

Act 45 (PA Inspired Leaders)

The Act 45 legislation of 2007 makes better use of Act 48 credits by requiring certain school administrators to participate in professional education activities that are focused on practices that have the greatest impact on improving student achievement. The legislation only affects professional educators with administrative certificates who are employed in any of the following positions on or after January 1, 2008:

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

Instructions for Reporting Course Work for PA Inspired Leaders (PIL)

Follow these steps to report eligible course work to the Pennsylvania Department of Education PIL:

  1. If you have not already done so, report eligible course work through Penn State's Act 48 Online Credit Reporting form.
  2. Once you have submitted your course work, you must then also send an email request to
  3. Include your name, Penn State ID number, course number(s) and course semester in your request. If a course is eligible for PIL, then Penn State will enter it under the subject area of PIL or PIL Induction so it is properly credited in the Pennsylvania Department of Education Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS).
More Information about PA Inspired Leaders

Act 48 Reporting

Report all Act 48 credit courses by using Penn State's Act 48 Online Credit Reporting form.

Once the form is submitted, all credits will be verified through the Office of the University Registrar. After verification, credits will be submitted by the University to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

NOTE: In state (PA) colleges and universities are required to transmit college credits directly into educators' continuing education record via a secure web portal roster submission upload into PERMS.

Therefore, please DO NOT send transcripts for ACT 48 via email to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. They will be deleted.

Report Course Work

Every five years, educators must complete either:

  • Six college credits (graduate or undergraduate)
  • Six credits of continuing professional education courses (available through Intermediate Units)
  • 180 hours of continuing professional education programs, activities, or learning experiences (i.e., noncredit programs)
  • Any combination of credits or activity hours that equal 180 hours (each credit equals 30 hours)

Penn State is an Act 48 Approved Provider

Penn State University is an approved provider for both credit courses and noncredit programs. Our diverse offerings, locations, and delivery modes will help you meet Act 48 requirements while satisfying your learning and lifestyle needs. The University serves many educators across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These students are enrolling in many diverse courses offered by Penn State, ranging from workshops to in-class instruction. Many of these courses are offered for college credit. Other courses do not qualify for college credit, but may qualify for Act 48 development.

You can view your Act 48 continuing education progress and obtain more detailed information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

What Counts?

Credit courses that were completed after January 1, 2000 and noncredit programs that were attended after June 1, 2000 are eligible for meeting Act 48 requirements, if taken from an approved provider. Only courses taken after you have been certified will qualify to fulfill Act 48 requirements. To ensure that a particular course or program will meet Act 48 requirements for you, please check with your school employer or if you are not currently employed as an educator in Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

What Penn State Courses and Programs are Available?

Penn State has many ways of serving Pennsylvania educators. The following sites provide additional information regarding program and course offerings: