The Departments of Education, Military and Veterans Affairs in Pennsylvania have introduced a new policy to reduce processing times for veterans, active military personnel and their spouses who apply for a teacher license.
Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-New York) and Pam DeLissio (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) are currently working to turn House Bill 2078 into law after the House Education Committee passed the policy, the state announced Monday.
“This policy will ease and accelerate the transition for our veterans, military members, and their spouses when they head back into Pennsylvania schools,” said Pedro Rivera, Secretary of Education.
The policy aims to lower the overall cost and expedite the process of applying for teacher certifications for veterans, military members and their spouses when they return to the state after serving elsewhere.
The Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education worked over the past year to formulate the policy, which requires that an applicant must have served at least 180 days of active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or must have a certificate of honorable dismissal.
Furthermore, applicants must also meet Pennsylvania’s certification requirements.
Active military members, veterans and spouses can apply for a teacher license through the online Teacher Information Management System.