Testing Requirements for All Undergraduate Candidates Seeking Certification in the State of Pennsylvania
All candidates applying for Pennsylvania State Certification in PreK-4/ Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12), Middle School Education (4-8), Secondary Education (7-12) and Art Education (K-12) need to obtain qualifying scores on Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) or PRAXIS / Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) state teacher examinations in order to receive an Instructional I certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Before applying into the School of Education, all undergraduate students are required to obtain qualifying scores on the following tests: PAPA (three modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing).
Below, candidates will find links to the required PAPA and PRAXIS tests for specific certification areas.
Important Note: Please check with your adviser before registering for certification tests. Advisers will have the most up-to-date information regarding PAPA, PECT, and PRAXIS tests.
Testing Requirements for PreK-4/Special Education
Testing Requirements for Middle School (4-8)
Testing Requirements for Secondary Education (7-12)
Testing Requirements for Art Education (K-12)
Students with a SAT score of 1550 (no individual section score less than 500) are not required to take PAPA.
All individuals seeking dual certification will be required to be examined in both areas of specialization. Information is available at (http://www.arcadia.edu/edudept) or the School of Education Main Office (Taylor Hall, Room 200). Please be aware that certification testing requirements may change. Regularly check the School of Education website and Arcadia email for updates.
The total PRAXIS pass rate for students completing teacher certification programs at Arcadia University exceeds the statewide total pass rate. Results aggregated by area are available in the Graduate Studies Office. Current information is subject to change without notification.
School of Education
Taylor Hall, Rm. 200