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Teacher Certification Exams

Basic Skills Assessments

Education students anticipating being recommended for certification must ensure they have taken and passed the appropriate teacher certification exams for their specific discipline. Students who have not yet earned an undergraduate degree must pass basic skills assessments as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education before applying for formal acceptance.

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Students must pass the following tests prior to being recommended for certification:

Art Education
Praxis – 0511 or 5511, Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
Praxis – 5134, Art Content Knowledge

Early Childhood Education
PECT – Pre K – 4

Special Education
PECT – Special Education Pre K – 8

Math Education
Praxis – 5161, Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Social Studies Education
Praxis – 0081 or 5081 – Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Middle Level Grades 4-8
Praxis – Grades 4-8 Core Assessment – 5152
Praxis – Social Studies Concentration – 5157
Praxis – Language Arts – 5156