HARRISBURG – York Co. Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill and Cumblerland Co. Rep. Barb Gleim plan to introduce legislation to allow for greater flexibility for substitute teacher certification in the Commonwealth in order to help school districts during uncertain times, especially in the wake of COVID19. In order to be a substitute teacher in Pennsylvania, individuals are required to: hold a valid Pennsylvania educator certificate or out-of-state certificate, have a bachelor’s degree (if not certified), all necessary background clearances and be a U.S. citizen. Under the lawmakers’ proposal, individuals could meet the requirement to be a substitute teacher who have completed 60 semester hour credits (or the equivalent of two years) at an accredited college. It would also allow individuals who are certified to substitute teach in other states to substitute teach in Pennsylvania.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL

REP BARB GLEIM