Thiel College


Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) is required for all Education majors.

PAPA Exemption

  • A composite score of no less than 1550 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT with a minimum of 500 in each individual section (Critical Reading, Writing and Mathematics). Candidates may use individual section tests from different sittings to meet this requirement.
  • A composite score of 23 on the American College Test Plus Writing. The composite score of 23 must include a combined minimum English/Writing score of 22 and a minimum Mathematics score of 21.

Students who meet either requirement shall be exempt from taking the PAPA exam. Those who do not must take and pass the PAPA 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.

General Information
The Praxis Series™

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)

  • Replacing test code (0041/5041)
  • Last Administration of (0041/5041): 10/7/2013
  • Effective date (5038): 9/1/2013
  • Qualifying Score (5038): 167

Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

  • Replacing test code (0061/5061)
  • Last Administration of (0061/5061): 10/7/2013
  • Effective date (5161): 9/1/2013
  • Qualifying Score (5161): 160

Additional Praxis Series™ Materials

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT)

The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) are required for all Early Childhood/Special Education majors.

Certificate Application Information
Clearance Information
Lesson Plans

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 Additional resources can be found on Dr. Hazlett's wikispace.

Sample ePortfolios