Welcome to PAC-TE!

PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for all those in Pennsylvania who are engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators. 

PAC-TE is dedicated to providing strong advocacy for professional educator preparation within the Commonwealth. 

The purpose of PAC-TE as the voice for professional educator preparation in Pennsylvania is to promote quality professional educator preparation programs and to provide opportunity for individual professional growth for all persons in Pennsylvania engaged in professional educator preparation

Calling all PAC-TE members! 

Join us at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg for
PAC-TE’s 3rd Annual Teacher Education Day

PAC-TE will hold its 3rd Teacher Education Day at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.  The goals for the day are to familiarize members of the Pennsylvania Legislature and the public with the mission and work of PAC-TE, and to discuss current issues related to educator preparation in Pennsylvania.  Because school children in Pennsylvania deserve teachers who have sound content and pedagogical knowledge and skills as a result of having been prepared in educator preparation programs in one of Pennsylvania’s 93 institutions of higher education (IHEs), this year’s theme is Ensuring a Pipeline of Well-Prepared Teachers for Pennsylvania Schools.

We need you to join us in Harrisburg on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to demonstrate the strength of PAC-TE’s membership and to interact personally with your State Representative and State Senator.  PAC-TE will be able to advocate more effectively on your behalf if you and other members help us build working relationships with those who represent you in state government.  In addition to your participation, please also consider bringing along one or two teacher candidates who are able to talk about the positive features of their preparation programs.

Here is an overview of the day:

8:30am – 9:00am:

Check-in and Registration, Room 302, Irvis Office Building

9:00am – 9:15am:

Brief Organization Session, Room 302, Irvis Office Building

9:15am – 11:00am:

PAC-TE Members Meet with State Representatives and Senators

11:00am – 12noon:

Media Event in Capitol Rotunda

1:00pm – 2:00pm:

Lunch (on your own) or continued meetings with elected officials

2:00pm – 2:30pm:

Debriefing Session with PAC-TE Members, Room 302, Irvis Office Building

On May 22, both the House and Senate will be in session, so you also will have the opportunity to observe the General Assembly in action from the visitor galleries. When the date for Teacher Education Day draws nearer, we will have the following information for you . . .

  • Instructions and assistance in setting up meetings with your Representative and Senator.
  • Talking points and materials to guide your conversations with your Representative and Senator.
  • Specific speakers for the “media event” in the Capitol Rotunda.
  • Harrisburg parking locations.

Please make the commitment to be part of PAC-TE’s Teacher Education Day by advance registering.  Thank you for your support and participation!

CLICK HERE to register.

Call for Applications

PAC-TE now offers three new Professional Achievement Awards to recognize the outstanding work of its members:

Outstanding Dissertation Award
Distinguished Research Award
Exemplary Service/Partnership Award

Descriptions and eligibility qualifications for each award are available in the Member Area of the website.  Award recipients will be honored at the Fall TEA Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  Recipients also will receive a one-year complimentary PAC-TE membership and the opportunity to present at the Fall TEA.

To be considered for these awards, application materials must be received by May 1, 2018.  Please submit application materials according to the instructions found on the PAC-TE website

We look forward to receiving your applications and celebrating the contributions of PAC-TE members to the field of education and educator preparation!

PAC-TE Spring Conference

April 3, 2018

Responsibility-Driven Teacher Preparation:

Recruiting, Retaining, and Respecting Effective Educators for 21st-Century Learners


Ron Cowell's session on Teacher Shortages in Pennsylvania brought numerous requests for his PowerPoint Presentation.  Click here to view that presentation.
Christina Baumer's presentation can be found here.








































PAC-TE Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors of PAC-TE approved a new strategic plan in September, 2016.  PAC-TE's Strategic Plan is organized around four major areas: Advocacy, Membership, Resources, and Administration.

Quick Resources


PAC-TE is a state unit of AACTE

PAC-TE is a state unit of ATE

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TEA Proposals Due April 13, 2018
Deadline Extended!

Please consider submitting a proposal for the PAC-TE Teacher Education Assembly, October 31 to November 2, 2018. The theme for this year is Democracy and Social Justice: Amplifying the Voices of Teacher Education. Proposals will be accepted until April 13.  Click here to submit your proposal.

Graduate Student Research Proposals Due April 13, 2018

Graduate Student Research Proposals are also due by April 13.  Click here to submit your graduate student research proposal.

Executive Director Scholarship Applications

Deadline: April 13, 2018


Applications are now being accepted for the Executive Director Scholarship, which will be awarded at the 2018 Fall Teacher Education Assembly, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.  The PAC-TE Executive Directors Scholarship is an annual scholarship honoring all past PAC-TE Executive Directors.  The scholarship is to be awarded to a deserving Undergraduate or Graduate student pursuing teacher certification at a college or university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  For more details on the scholarship, click here.