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Education Department: Teacher Certification PRAXIS Information

 

Pennsylvania regulations require that those seeking their initial certificate must demonstrate that they have successfully completed testing in the following areas:

  1. Pre-service Reading, Writing, Mathematics (PAPA), taken for entry into an educator preparation program*
  2. Specialty Area Tests, taken after completing your coursework
  • Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Specialty Area testing is required for:
PK-4 Early Childhood Education and
Special Education PK-8
  • Praxis II Specialty Area testing is required for all other areas of certification not listed as PECT

*Candidates who have earned a Bachelor's Degree do NOT take PAPA tests for Instructional, Supervisory, or Administrative certs.


All candidates for certification must meet the qualifying score for all applicable tests at the time their application for certification is received by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE.) Students must review and be familiar with the current policies of the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will recognize subject area scores for ten years from the date of test administration. Passing pre-service Reading, Writing, and Mathematics test scores do not expire.

PDE requires OFFICIAL test scores.  If you test in Pennsylvania, your scores are automatically reported to PDE.  If you test OUTSIDE OF PENNSYLVANIA, you must select the PA Dept of Educ as a score recipient when you register to take the test.

 

Which Tests Do I Take to Enter my Program?

Effective April 1, 2012: Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)   Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests

PAPA Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests are offered as computer tests at Pearson Evaluation Systems centers. See www.pa.nesinc.com. Modular format allows candidates to re-take a section instead of the entire assessment where needed.

PECT Test Name Cut (Passing) Score Composite Score Option* Minimum Score

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

  • Reading: 40 selected-response items
  • Mathematics: 40 selected-response items
  • Writing: 40 selected-response items, 2 sentence correction assignments and 1 extended-response items
  • Total Score
220
220
220
.
.
n/a
193
197
192
.
.
686

* The Composite Scoring Option for PAPA was initiated to enable a candidate who may excel in one area, such as mathematics, but who is no strong in another PAPA area, to receive a passing score on the PAPA series.  There are three conditions to qualify: (1) the sum of the three PAPA tests must total or exceed 686, AND (2) candidates must reach the Minimum Composite Score in each test area (Reading, Mathematics and Writing) AND (3) candidates must achieve the PAPA Cut Score (220) in at least one area.

Prior to April 1, 2012 ONLY - Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education accepts PRAXIS I Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests in place of PAPA Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests if they were scheduled prior to April 1, 2012.

 

SAT or ACT as Alternative to PAPA

 Effective September 1, 2013 the Pennsylvania Department of Education will accept the following examinations to meet the basic skills requirement:

 PAPA   The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment which contains modules in Reading, Writing and Mathematics that was adopted as of April 2, 2012.

 SAT      The Scholastic Achievement Test may be accepted as of September 1, 2013 if the following is met at the time of matriculation:

  • A score of no less than 1550 with no individual section (Critical Reading, Writing, Mathematics) score of less than 500

 ACT      The American College Test Plus Writing may be accepted as of September 1, 2013 if the following is met at the time of matriculation:

  • A composite score of 23 accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.

 

Candidates using the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) Plus Writing to meet the basic skills examination requirement may

 - use only the satisfactory scores achieved prior to matriculation in the college/university/approved program provider (i.e., while still in high school).

 - have test scores submitted officially to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality in an envelope sealed by the test vendor. Scores may also be verified by the Pennsylvania Approved Preparation Programs through TIMS.

 

Which Tests Do I Take for My Specialty Area at the End of my Program?

World Language French and Spanish candidates have the option of taking either the PRAXIS or the ACTFL test.

Praxis tests are offered by different formats: paper based or computer based. Praxis test codes that begin with a 0 or 1 are paper tests, and are offered on set dates. Praxis test codes that begin with 5 or 6 are computer tests, and are offered by appointment. See www.ets.org/praxis.

Note: The ETS organization will doscontinue the paper test option after the last administration on June 7, 2014.

Marywood University does not participate in the Pennsylvania Department of Education program that uses GPA to determine a test's passing score. Qualifying scores shown in the following tables must be achieved.


Grades K to 12 Areas Take Praxis II Specialty Area Tests

Certification Area

Test Code*

Praxis Test Name

Qualifying Score

Art K-12
 5511  and 
0134 or 5134
150
158
Family/Consumer Science K-12
5511  and              0121 or 5121
150
162
French K-12
5511  and              5174
150
162
Health & Physical Ed K-12
5511  and               0856 or 5856
150
146
Library Science K-12
5511  and              0311 or 5311
150
151
Music K-12
5511  and              5113
Fundamental Subjects Content Knowledge and      Music Content Knowledge (contains listening section)
150
158
Reading Specialist K-12
5511  and
5301
150
164
Spanish K-12
 5511  and              5195
150
168
Speech & Lang Impaired K-12
5511   and             0330 or 5330 or     0881
150
600
or 159

Grades 7 to 12 Areas Take Praxis II Specialty Area Tests 

Certification Area

Test Code*

Praxis Test Name

Qualifying Score

Biology 7-12

0235 or 5235

Biology: Content Knowledge (calculators prohibited)

147

Communication 7-12

0800

Communication

530

English 7-12

5038

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

167

General Science 7-12

0435 or 5435

General Science: Content Knowledge

146

Mathematics 7-12

5161

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

160

Social Studies 7-12

0081 or 5081

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

157

New Grades 4-8 Take Praxis II Specialty Area Tests 

Certification Area

Test Code*

Praxis Test Name

Qualifying Score

Grades 4-8

 
5152,
consisting of:
     5153
     5154
     5155
and two of:
5156
5157
5158
5159
consisting of 3 sub-tests:
     Pedagogy Subtest
     English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest
     Mathematics and Science Subtest
and two of:
.
.
162
152
164
.
156
150
173
156

New PK-4 and Special Ed areas Take PECT* Specialty Area Tests

Certification Area

PECT Test Name

Cut (Passing) Score

Grades PK-4

Grades PreK-4: Core and Professional Knowledge

220

Special Education PreK-8

Special Education PreK-8

220

*Tests are administered by Pearson Evaluations Systems. See www.pa.nesinc.com.  A modular format is used that allows a candidate to retake a section instead of the entire assessment where needed.

 

Educational Specialist Areas* 

Certification Area Test Code Praxis Test Name Qualifying Score
Home and School Visitor K-12 n/a No specialty test required n/a
School Counselor K-6 or 7-12
0421 or 5421
Professional School Counselor 156
School Psychologist K-12 0401 School Psychologist   150

*Note: Educational Specialist candidates with a baccalaureate degree who hold a current and valid Pennsylvania license as a registered psychologist, counselor, or social worker and can provide a copy of this Pennsylvania license as part of their application for the related Pennsylvania Educational Specialist certification area are not required to take any tests to receive the related certificate.

 

Supervisory And Administration Areas 

Certification Area Test Code Praxis Test Name Qualifying Score
Curriculum &  Instruction Supervisor 0411 or 5411
Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision 143
Instructional Tech Specialist Supervisor 0411 or 5411
Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision 143
Pupil Personnel Services Supervisor 0411 or 5411
Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision 143
Reading Supervisor 0411 or 5411
Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision 143
Special Education Supervisor 0411 or 5411
Educational Leadership: Administration & Supervision 143
Principal K-12

6011

School Leadership Licensure Assessment - SLLA 163
Superintendent Letter of Eligibility 6021
School Superintendent Assessment - SSA
160

 

For updates, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s web site. Click on "Teachers" and then on "Testing Requirements."

 


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