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PA Department of Education (PDE) QPA Requirements


PDE QPA Requirements for Certification

Beginning September 1, 2003, applications for teacher certification will be evaluated according to Chapter 354 requirements established by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.  Overall Quality-Point Average (QPA) requirements as noted on transcript.

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2005: Overall QPA MUST be 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

What This Means to You

  • If your present quality point average (QPA) is less than a 2.92, you will not earn a minimum 3.0 QPA at the end of this semester EVEN IF you receive straight As in your student teaching placements.

  • If your present QPA is higher than a 2.92, you may still not earn a 3.0 QPA IF you receive less than As in your student teaching placements.

  • You CAN bring up your QPA to the minimum requirement of 3.0 by (1) Holding your graduation until the next semester; (2) Repeat courses in the spring semester in which you received less than a "B" grade.

  • REMEMBER that as your earned credits increase, your QPA must increase proportionately to meet the graduation/certification requirement.  Thus, as you use the QPA Calculator, remember to subtract the number of credits being repeated from the total earned credits before you add them in as courses you are taking as you move through the calculator process.

  • If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor or the associate dean/director of Field Services in 102 Stevens Hall


Student Teaching QPA/GPA Chart
(based upon a 120-credit scale)

QPA/GPA 4.0 QPA in ST  3.5 QPA in ST 3.0 QPA in ST 2.5 QPA in ST 2.0 QPA in ST
2.80 2.92 2.869 2.82 2.77 2.719
2.85 2.965 2.915 2.865 2.815 2.765
2.90 3.01 2.96 2.9 2.86 2.81
2.95 3.05 3.005 2.955 2.905 2.855
3.00 3.10 3.05 3.00 2.95 2.90
3.10 3.19 3.14 3.09 3.04 2.99
3.20 3.28 3.23 3.18 3.13 3.08

> A student teacher who receives a 2.0 in student teaching must maintain an overall QPA of 3.0 to meet graduation and certification requirements.