Pennsylvania Department of Education

Pennsylvania Highly Qualified Status

To become highly qualified (HQ), you must:

  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree
  • Hold a valid Pennsylvania teaching certificate (Instructional I, Instructional II, or Intern certificate but not an emergency permit)
  • Demonstrate subject matter competency for the core content area you teach

In Pennsylvania, the core content areas for highly qualified status include:

  • English
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences
  • Foreign Languages
  • Music and Art
  • Social Studies
    • History
    • Economics
    • Geography
    • Civics
    • Government

For more information about becoming highly qualified, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education HQ page.


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