The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or the Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) is required for all Education majors.
Modules from different providers may not be combined to meet the requirement. Candidates seeking their first Pennsylvania certificate must meet the basic skills requirement unless an exception applies.
PAPA / CORE Exemption
Students who meet either requirement shall be exempt from taking the PAPA / CORE exam. Those who do not must take and pass the PAPA or the CORE examination. Candidates using the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT) Plus Writing to meet the basic skills examination requirement may have test scores submitted officially to the Division of Certification Services at the following address:
Division of Certification Services
Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Leadership and Teacher Quality
333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
The score report must arrive in an unopened envelope from the test vendor and be submitted with the TIMS application coversheet. The company will not send the scores directly to PDE. PDE cannot accept opened copies.
The Praxis Series™ tests are required for all Secondary Education majors.
ETS has revised the following tests using a standard setting committee and has established updated test codes, effective 2013/14.
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
Additional Praxis Series™ Materials
The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) are required for all Early Childhood/Special Education majors.
All Education majors are required to complete an ePortfolio and three-ring binder portfolio as part of the EDUC 220 - Integrated Instructional Systems (cross referenced with ECE 420) course, instructed by Dr. Doug Hazlett. Students use this requirement to market his/her skills upon graduation. Questions or comments can be directed to Dr. Hazlett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional resources can be found on Dr. Hazlett's wikispace.