School of Education

As a candidate in PennWest Edinboro's School of Education, you are required to meet specific testing requirements.

Testing Requirements

Pennsylvania requires assessment of candidates in basic skills, general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area knowledge before a certificate may be issued. Three documents are recommended reading:

  1. Policies and submission procedures in CSPG 21 - Testing
  2. Certification Test and Score Requirements (Excel)
  3. Composite Score Calculator (Excel)

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessments (PAPA)

Register for this exam

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator Tests (Core)

Register for this exam

Basic Skills Prep Course Information

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

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.

Contact Us

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