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
Information on the test for the new subject area "Special Education PK-12" (available January 1, 2022) is featured 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)||151||ETS|
|Special Education PK-12||Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511)||150||ETS|