College Credit Subsidy and Horizontal Movement for CEA Members
FAQs and Examples 
 
FAQs
 
Q: What is the deadline to submit courses for approval for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale?
A: College credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale require pre-approval by the Superintendent.  Requests must be submitted ten (10) business days prior to the start of the course.  There will be NO exceptions to this.  
 
Q: Will courses approved prior to February 1, 2016, still count towards college credit subsidy and horizontal movement? 
A: Yes.
 
Q: Will Learner's Edge courses be approved for college credit subsidy or horizontal salary movement?
A: No, they will no longer be approved for college credit subsidy or horizontal movement.  However, Learner's Edge courses can be taken to fulfill the professional development requirements for 180 hours per semester.   
 
Q: Do I need to work towards a second or third undergraduate/graduate degree in order to get college credit subsidy or horizontal salary movement?
A: No, however, the courses need to be part of a degree program.   
 
Q: Will the CPE courses offered by the BCIU be approved for college credit subsidy or horizontal salary movement? 
A: These courses are not eligible.  Individuals can take them for Act 48 credit only.  
 
Q: Will courses offered/provided by a third party vendor be approved for college credit subsidy or horizontal salary movement?
A: No, courses offered by third party vendors (e.g. Augustana University, etc) are not eligible for college credit subsidy or horizontal salary movement as they are not recognized by PDE.  
 
Q: Can I still take continuing education courses that are not part of a degree program?
A: Individuals are welcome to take courses that are continuing education, but not graduate courses.  While there is no college credit subsidy of horizontal movement from the District, these courses could be used for individuals wishing to be distinguished in domain 4.   
    
 
Examples
 

Acceptable

Not Acceptable

A teacher assigned to Davis Elementary School wants to take graduate courses leading to a master’s in education degree and earn a PA certification in K-12 Reading Specialist, PK-8 Special Education, K-12 ESL, or K-12 School Counselor.

A teacher assigned to elementary wants to take graduate courses leading to a master’s in education degree and PA certification in 7-12 English.

The coursework is acceptable because it is related to the teacher’s assignment.   While the teacher may earn an additional PA certification, the coursework relates to the current teaching assignment.

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because it is unrelated to the teacher’s assignment.  If the teacher earns the PA certification, horizontal movement on the salary scale will be granted only when the teacher is assigned by the District to a position requiring such PA certification.

A teacher assigned to the WTHS wants to take graduate courses in chemistry and is assigned as a chemistry teacher with a PA certification in 7-12 Chemistry.

A teacher assigned to WTHS wants to take graduate courses in political science and is assigned as a chemistry teacher and is PA certified in 7-12 Chemistry.

The coursework is acceptable because it directly relates to the teacher’s assignment and extends content knowledge.  

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because it is unrelated to the teacher’s assignment.  

A teacher assigned to the WTHS wants to take graduate courses in chemistry and is assigned as a biology teacher and is PA certified in 7-12 Biology.  The teacher wants to earn a PA certification in 7-12 Chemistry.  

A teacher assigned to the WTHS wants to take graduate courses in elementary education and is assigned as a biology teacher with a PA certification in 7-12 Biology.   The teacher wants to earn a PA certification in K-3 Elementary Education.  

The coursework is acceptable because the additional PA certification in science is a benefit to the District, and it enhances the teacher’s overall content knowledge in science.  

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because it is unrelated to the teacher’s assignment and does not benefit the District.

A teacher assigned to Klinger Middle School as an eighth grade math teacher has PA certifications in 7-9 Math and K-8 Elementary.  The teacher wants to take graduate courses in math to earn a PA certification in 7-12 Math.

A teacher assigned to Klinger Middle School as an eighth grade math teacher has PA certifications in 7-9 Math and K-8 Elementary.  The teacher wants to take graduate courses in English to earn a PA certification in 7-12 English.

The coursework is acceptable because it is related to the teacher’s assignment and is a benefit to the District.  

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because it is unrelated to the teacher’s assignment.  

A teacher assigned to Log College Middle School as a learning support teacher and has a PA certification in N-12 Special Education.   The teacher wants to take graduate courses in biology to get a PA certification in 7-12 Biology.

A teacher assigned to WTHS as an ESL teacher has a PA certifications in K-12 ESL and 7-12 English.  The teacher wants to take graduate courses in elementary education.

The coursework is acceptable because it is a benefit to the District for the teacher assigned to a special education teaching assignment to have a PA certification that makes him/her highly qualified in a content area.

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because the coursework is unrelated to the teacher’s assignment.

A teacher assigned to Willow Dale Elementary School as a classroom teacher wishes to take courses through a college that are instructed by a third-part vendor (Thom Stecher).   Three-graduate credits are granted by Newman University and apply toward a master’s degree in education.

A teacher assigned to Willow Dale Elementary School as a classroom teacher wishes to take courses through a college that are instructed by a third-part vendor (Learner’s Edge).

The coursework is acceptable only if it directly relates to the teacher’s assignment and extends content knowledge.  

The coursework is not eligible for college credit subsidy and horizontal movement on the salary scale because this is not graduate-level coursework.   This is a continuing education course.  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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