Contact Info

          School of Education
          140 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2724

          Dr. Erinn Lake
          Interim Dean: School of Education
          Executive Director:
          School of Graduate Studies and Research
          Office: 145 Butterfield Hall
          Phone: (814) 732-2724


          *Tests from different vendors to achieve passing scores are now permitted for the basic skills assessment (PAPA, CORE, SAT, ACT).

          PDE Composite Score Calculator

          Instructional Video: How to use the PDE Calculator

          Pre-service Academic Performance Assessments (PAPA)*

          Register for this exam

          Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests (Core)*                           

          Register for this exam

          SAT/ACT Tests*

          Students who meet either the SAT or ACT requirement below are exempt from taking the PAPA or CORE examinations.

          SAT TestMinimum
          Critical Reading 500
          Writing 500
          Math 500
          Total Required 1500

          ACT taken prior to September 2015:

          ACT TestMinimum
          English/Writing 22
          Math 21
          Composite 23

          ACT taken after September 2015:

          ACT TestMinimum
          Reading 22
          Math 21
          Writing 21

          Basic Skills Prep Course Information

          The following websites can help you prepare for the Basic Skills Exam

          Butler Community College Tutoring
          Free ETS CORE Preparation Materials
          Free Pearson PAPA Preparation Materials
          Free Khan Academy Math Online Prep Course

          Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT)

          Register for PECT exams. PECT exams required for the following certifications: PreK–4, Special Education PreK–8, Special Education 7–12.

          The Praxis Series (for all other content areas)

          Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements (Educational Testing Services):

          Register for a Praxis II exam

          After Testing

          Upon successfully passing your required tests, please keep a record of your exam scores and share them with both your advisor and the School of Education Office to keep on file. After you complete the required testing, the next step is to check your clearances, finish your courses, field work and/or student teaching and then graduate to fulfill the requirements of the PDE and obtain your teaching certification.

          Please note that teaching requirements in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are constantly changing and students are advised to ensure they are staying up-to-date on the PDE's requirements by checking this website regularly.