Which Tests Do I Need to Enter an Undergraduate Education Program?
Pennsylvania regulations require that those seeking an educator credential must demonstrate that they have successfully completed testing in the following areas:
Basic skills in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, taken for entry into an undergraduate educator-preparation program*
Specialty Area Tests, taken during the semester before or early in the semester of student teaching
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Specialty Area testing is required for:
PK-4 Early Childhood Education
Special Education PK-8
Special Education 7-12
Praxis II Specialty Area testing is required for all other areas of certification not listed as PECT
*Candidates who began their teacher preparation program as an undergraduate and are now completing the program at the post-baccalaureate level MUST take and pass the Basic Skills test prior to being granted certification. EXEMPTION: Candidates pursuing an advanced degree, i.e. Master's or Doctoral, do NOT take entrance tests of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics for PA certification.
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?
Undergraduate students may not enter a teacher certification program, and can NOT take upper-level education courses, unless or until they pass basic skills assessment. The basic skills assessment is comprised of three individual tests on reading, writing, and mathematics.