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Certification Testing


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.

  1. Pathways to Demonstrate Basic Skills for Teacher Certification Candidates (PDF) - watch a brief YouTube video that provides helpful information on the pathways
  2. Composite Score Calculator (Excel) Cannot be used for Career and Technical certification
  3. Certification Test and Score Requirements (Excel)
  4. CSPG 21 – Testing


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.

Certification Subject Area Test Name and Code Passing Score Link
Special Education PK-12Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) 151 ETS

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) 150 ETS
Note change to the Reading Specialist test effective September 1, 2021.

Certification Subject Area Test Name and Code Passing Score Link
Reading Specialist PK-12
Reading Specialist (5301)
Discontinued 8/31/21
164 ETS

Reading Specialist (5302)
Required 9/1/21
164 ETS
  • Environmental Education (test code 0831) is still available. Look for the "Special Administrations" link on the Praxis Pennsylvania page