Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates


Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates


Test 1: Basic Skills Testing, PAPA or CORE (Choice of 1 of these series of tests)

Teacher Education Majors (TEMs) must pass through the Gate 1.In order to do this, a variety of requirements must be met. One of these requirements is the successful completion of a series of Basic Skills assessments (much like the SAT- reading, writing, math). 

Certification information is available on the PDE website: https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/CertTestingRequirements/Pages/default.aspx.

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Test 2: Content Area Testing, PECT or Praxis (depending on certification)

After successfully completing the Basic Skills assessment (first series of certification tests;either the PAPA or the Praxis CORE) and passing the other Gate I requirements (48 credit hours, 3.0 GPA, 3 credits of English Literature, 3 Credits of English Composition, 6 credits of mathematics, clearances, Introduction to Education), Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) are on track to student teach.In order to student teach, Gate II requirements must be fulfilled.These requirements include a 3.0 GPA, clearances, and successful completion of coursework.Although not required until a student seeks certification, MU recommends that all students successfully pass the second series of Pennsylvania assessments (PECT or Praxis) directly before student teaching.Students seeking certification in Early Childhood Elementary Education PreK-4 or in both ECEE PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 will need to take the PECT exam (see sample chart below for specifics - check PDE for recent updates to the sample chart below). Teacher Education Certification Candidates seeking K-12 certification or 7-12 certification will need to take the Praxis (see chart below for specifics).  Information about qualifying scores for content tests is available on PDE's Web Site.  Please note the sliding scale based on each candidate's GPA.  Choose #2 Instructional Certification Areas.

*** Please note that this information may change as PDE directs.Always check PDE's webpage before taking any tests.

Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates: Second Series of PA Tests

PECT (PA Educator Certification Test) or Praxis Content Test(s)

                     
     

http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa

     

A Educator Certification Tests

Praxis Content

PROGRAM

Subject Area

Area

Code

PECT

PreK-4 Test Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

PECT

Special Ed

PreK-8 Test Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

0511/5511

Fund Subjects

CONTENT

KNOWLEDGE

Minimum

Passing

Score

Specialty

Area

Test

Code

Minimum

Passing

Score

BM.ME Music Ed

Music K-12

7205

       

5511

150

5113

158

BSE.AE Art Ed

Art K-12

1402

       

5511

150

5134

158

BSE.CH Chemistry Ed

Chemistry 7-12

8420

           

5245

154

BSE.ECEE PreK - 4

PreK - 4

2825

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193

           

BSE.ECSE PreK - 4 &Special Ed

PreK - 4 &Special Ed Pre-K-8

2825&9226

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193

Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220 220

       

BSE.EN English Ed

English 7-12

3230

           

5038

167

BSE.ESS Earth & Space Sci Ed

Earth &Space Science 7-12

8440

           

5571

157

BSE.MA Mathematics Ed

Mathematics 7-12

6800

           

5161

160

Special Ed PreK-8 Added Only

Special Education PreK-8

9226

   

Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220

220

       

BSE.SSH History (Soc Stu) Ed

Social Studies 7-12

8875

           

5081

157

                     

Reading Specialist

Reading Specialist K-12

7650

       

5511

150

5301

164

Library Science

Library Science K-12

6420

       

5511

150

5311

151

General Science

General Science 7-12

8450

           

5435

146

                     
 

Please note that MU does not currently offer Special Education 7-12;this certification can only be added to an existing or 7-12 or aK-12 certification

7/22/15

                       

Test 3: Performance Based Assessment, Student Teaching

Student teaching is the final assessment (performance based) for Pennsylvania's Instructional I Certificate.Successful completion of student teaching is documented on the PDE430 form.This form represents the student's performance and is completed by the University supervisor twice (formative and summative) during student teaching.

Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) who successfully complete student teaching and pass the two sets of assessments (as outlined above) will be able to apply for certification through TIMS (PDE's on-line application process) when they have met all of the Gate and course requirements.Information about the TIMS process can be found at

http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20–%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VZrWIzh7GUk

Students seeking to apply for certification should spend time reading about the application process prior to logging into TIMS.The above link will provide helpful information that will be needed to navigate TIMS.Please do not attempt to apply for certification through TIMS without first viewing the User's Guide provided (at the above link). It is important to record an accurate GPA on the certification application.Do not round the GPA.An incorrect GPA

could potentially delay an application.Note: Students should not complete the TIMS application process until their degree is conferred.