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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


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.

Certification Subject AreaTest Name and CodePassing ScoreLink
Special Education PK-12Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354)151ETS
Special Education PK-12Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511)150ETS