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Master's Degree Equivalency Letter

Information about how someone may acquire a Master's Degree Equivalency Letter from the Penn State College of Education.

A Master's Degree Equivalency Letter shall be issued for public school salary purposes only, subject to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The Letter of Equivalency is issued to persons holding a valid Instructional I, Instructional II, Educational Specialist I, and Educational Specialist II certificate or their equivalents, upon accumulation of 36 hours of graduate level credit. A minimum of 18 academic graduate credits must be earned in the content area of the applicant's primary teaching assignment at a college or university approved to offer graduate work. A maximum of 18 of the credit requirements may be satisfied through in-service programs approved by the Secretary of Education for meeting master's equivalency requirements.
  2. A grade of "C" or better is required in college or university courses in which grades are given and a letter of satisfactory completion is required for all in-service courses used toward the attainment of the Letter of Equivalency.
  3. Applicant must be currently employed by a school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


All applications for Master's Equivalency must be submitted online through the Teacher Information Management System.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 787-2967