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Teacher Testing

Teacher Testing

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that Undergraduate students in all Instructional I teacher certification programs must successfully complete a Basic Skills Assessment.  

  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • World Language
  • Agriculture
  • Art Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Music

    The Basic Skills Assessment requirement can be fulfilled by completing the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) exams.

    The CORE series includes three modules: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You may take one or all three modules at one test appointment.  The CORE may be passed by achieving a 156 in Reading, a 162 in Writing and a 142 in Mathematics, or by the Composite Score Option. Once on the PDE testing page, select option 2 under "Testing Requirements."

      Students in Workforce Education must successfully complete the CORE tests.  Please contact the Workforce Education program for passing score information.

      • Vocational I must successfully complete the reading and writing exams
      • Vocational II must successfully complete the reading, writing, and math exams

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      Certification Testing

      Testing Requirements for Teacher Certification Programs

      Elementary & Early Childhood Education

      • PK-4— PECT
      • English 4-8— PRAXIS
      • Social Studies 4-8— PRAXIS

      Secondary Education

      • Biology— PRAXIS Biology: Content Knowledge
      • Chemistry— PRAXIS Chemistry: Content Knowledge
      • Communication— PRAXIS:  Speech Communication: Content Knowledge
      • Earth/Space— PRAXIS Earth Science: Content Knowledge
      • English— PRAXIS English Language Arts: Content Knowledge
      • Environmental— PRAXIS: Environmental Education (PA)
      • General Science— PRAXIS General Science: Content Knowledge
      • Mathematics— PRAXIS Mathematics: Content Knowledge
      • Physics— PRAXIS Physics: Content Knowledge
      • Social Studies— PRAXIS Social Studies: Content Knowledge

      Special Education

      • Special Education PK-8 and Special Education 7-12— ESP Special Education PreK – 8, Modules 1 & 2 and/or PECT Special Education 7 – 12, Modules 1 & 2

      SPLED students must receive certification in another area in addition to Special Education.

        World Language

        • French— ACTFL French OPI & WPT and PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
        • German— ACTFL German OPI & WPT and PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
        • Latin— PRAXIS Latin and PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
        • Russian—  ACTFL Russian OPI & WPT and PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
        • Spanish— ACTFL Spanish OPI & WPT and PRAXIS Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

        Workforce Education

        WF ED students must pass their Occupational Competency Assessment before obtaining their certification.

          Teacher Certification in Majors in Other Colleges

          Agriculture — PRAXIS  Agriculture, Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
          Art Education — PRAXIS Art: Content Knowledge, Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
          Kinesiology — PRAXIS Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge, Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
          Music — PRAXIS Music: Content Knowledge, Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

              For information regarding testing and registration:

              Pearson PECT

              ETS PRAXIS


              PRAXIS -- Alternate Scoring Method with a Sliding GPA for all Speciality Tests - Please contact your  academic advisor for clarification of this process.



              Title II Report (Higher Education Act--1998)

              Penn State's Institutional Report to the Pennsylvania Department of Education: In compliance with Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act of 1998 and General Standard for the Institutional Preparation of Professional Educators -- Chapter 354.

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