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Certification Testing

Requirements

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
  5. Certification Testing Guidelines

Announcements

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 future changes to the following tests.  A successfully completed discontinued test will be accepted indefinitely if taken prior to the date it is discontinued.  

Certification Subject AreaTest Name and CodePassing ScoreLink
Biology 7-12Biology:  Content Knowledge (5235)
Discontinued:  8/31/22
147
ETS
Biology 7-12
Biology (5236)
Beginning 9/1/22
154
ETS
Chemistry 7-12
Chemistry:  Content Knowledge (5245)
Discontinued 8/31/22
154
ETS
Chemistry 7-12
Chemistry (5246)
Beginning 9/1/22
146
ETS
Earth and Space Science 7-12Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge (5571)
Discontinued 8/31/22
157
ETS
Earth and Space Science 7-12
Earth and Space Sciences (5572)
Beginning 9/1/22
154
ETS
General Science 7-12General Science: Content Knowledge (5435)
Discontinued 8/31/22
146
 
General Science 7-12
General Science (5436)
Beginning 9/1/22
141
 
Mathematics 7-12 - can currently take either test
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
Discontinued 8/31/22
160
ETS
Mathematics 7-12
Mathematics (5165)
Currently Available
159
ETS
Physics 7-12Physics:  Content Knowledge (5265)
Discontinued 8/31/22
140
ETS
Physics 7-12
Physics (5266)
Beginning 9/1/22
145
ETS
Library Science PK-12Library Media Specialist (5311)
Discontinued 8/31/22
151
ETS
Library Science PK-12
School Librarian (5312)
Beginning 9/1/22
154
ETS
Elem and Sec School Counselor PK-12Professional School Counselor (5421)
Discontinued 8/31/22
156
ETS
Elem and Sec School Counselor PK-12
School Counselor (5422)
Beginning 9/1/22
159
ETS
School Psychologist PK-12School Psychologist (5402)
Discontinued 8/31/22
147
 
School Psychologist PK-12
School Psychologist (5403)
Beginning 9/1/22
155
 
  • Environmental Education (test code 0831) is still available. Look for the "Special Administrations" link on the Praxis Pennsylvania page