Other School Age Services

Driver Education

The goal of the Driver's Education program is to teach young people to be safe and responsible drivers. To achieve this goal, the CAIU offers Classroom Instruction and Behind-the-Wheel Instruction as part of the driver education services.

Classroom Instruction
The Driver’s Education classroom course is now offered on-line. Enrollment for the 30-hour course is simple: just log on to Students can complete the course requirements at a pace suitable for their schedule. Upon completion of the course, a certificate will be issued to the student. The on-line Driver’s Education course is approved by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Transportation.

Behind-the-Wheel Instruction 
The learning experiences presented through practice driving in a real car in everyday traffic are experiences necessary to develop a safe and efficient driver. CAIU offers two options for Behind-the-Wheel instruction.

Option 1 involves a written agreement between the Intermediate Unit and an individual school district. The district agrees to allow the students to participate in the Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) training provided by CAIU employees with no financial obligation on the part of the district. The students/families are obligated to pay the applicable fee. The service is provided at various locations, depending on the district.

Option 2 involves a written contract with an individual school district. The district agrees to pay for the Behind-the-Wheel training provided by CAIU employees to the eligible students in that district. The service is provided at the contracting district's site.

For either option:

  • Schedule varies according to availability of the students
  • BTW instruction occurs in 1-hour increments
  • 6 hours of instruction are required

* Special note to parents and students regarding current program waiting list lead times
At present, student interest and participation in our program is running at a very high volume.  Upon receipt of a student's paid registration form, it is likely that they will not hear from an instructor for about 8 to 10 weeks to begin scheduling behind-the-wheel sessions.  While this lead time is long, it does give students plenty of time to begin logging their required hours of behind-the-wheel experience with parents.  Additionally, if they have not taken a classroom drivers education course in school, it also gives them time to complete our 30-hour classroom theory course which is highly recommended.

For additional information, please contact:

Dori Dorritie
Driver Education

(717)732-8400, Ext. 8411