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Mission and Roles


The Professional Standards and Practices Commission is committed to providing leadership for improving the quality of education in this Commonwealth by establishing high standards for preparation, certification, practice and ethical conduct in the teaching profession.

Commission Roles

The Commission realizes its mission through its two major functions: advisory and adjudicatory.

Advisory Function:
The Educator Discipline Act assigns the Commission a host of advisory functions to assist the State Board and the Department of Education on issues related to certification standards and requirements and professional educator preparation program standards and effectiveness.

Adjudicatory Function:
The General Assembly has invested the Commission with responsibility for administering educator discipline in Pennsylvania and overseeing the reinstatement of certification or eligibility to be employed in a charter or cyber charter school or in a contracted educational provider that has been suspended, surrendered or revoked.