Pennsylvania requires assessment of candidates in Basic Skills prior to entry into a preparation program. Pennsylvania also requires assessment of candidates in General Knowledge, Professional Knowledge and Subject Area Knowledge prior to issuance of a certificate. The documents below provide guidance for completing these requirements. Please review them carefully prior to completing any assessment requirement.
Pathways to Demonstrate Basic Skills for Teacher Certification Candidates (PDF) -
watch a brief YouTube video that provides helpful information on the pathways
Composite Score Calculator (Excel) Cannot be used for Career and Technical certification
Certification Test and Score Requirements (Excel)
CSPG 21 – Testing
- Certification Testing Guidelines
The test for the new subject area "Special Education PK-12" (new subject area available January 1, 2022) is listed below. For individuals obtaining Special Education PK-12 as an initial PA certificate, Fundamental Subjects (5511) must also be completed as a required test. The test is currently available for registration through ETS.
|Special Education PK-12||Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)||
|Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511)||
**Note future changes to the following tests. A successfully completed discontinued test will be accepted indefinitely if taken prior to the date it is discontinued.
|Biology 7-12||Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)|
|Biology 7-12||Biology (5236)|
|Chemistry 7-12||Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)|
|Chemistry 7-12||Chemistry (5246)|
|Earth and Space Science 7-12||Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571) |
|Earth and Space Science 7-12||Earth and Space Sciences (5572)|
|General Science 7-12||General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)|
|General Science 7-12||General Science (5436)|
|Mathematics 7-12 - can currently take either test||Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)|
|Mathematics 7-12||Mathematics (5165)|
|Physics 7-12||Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)|
|Physics 7-12||Physics (5266)|
|Library Science PK-12||Library Media Specialist (5311)|
|Library Science PK-12||School Librarian (5312)|
|Elem and Sec School Counselor PK-12||Professional School Counselor (5421)|
|Elem and Sec School Counselor PK-12||School Counselor (5422)|
|School Psychologist PK-12||School Psychologist (5402)|
|School Psychologist PK-12||School Psychologist (5403)|
Environmental Education (test code 0831) is still available. Look for the "Special Administrations" link on the Praxis Pennsylvania page.