Testing Information Overview
If you are seeking teacher certification in Pennsylvania, you need to take two sets of examinations. Students who register for initial testing after April 2, 2012, will take PAPA (previously Praxis I) administered by Pearson.
For more information about the PAPA and how to register, you can visit the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests Website (see link at left). In addition to registering for tests, you can also find more information about test content and sample questions. Test-takers with disabilities will find a link with information about requesting accommodations for the exams.
When you register, it is important to list Messiah College as a score recipient.
Undergraduate students should take the PAPA basic skills test as soon as possible, but by the summer after the first year of college at the latest. Passing scores are required for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Post-baccalaureate students will take the PAPA basic skills test prior to applying for admission to Messiah College.
Questions: Amanda Sigel
Culminating Exams (including PRAXIS II)
After your junior year and before you can be certified in Pennsylvania, you must pass the second set of exams. Some of these exams are administered by ETS (PRAXIS II), and some are administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems (PECT). In contrast to the basic skills tests referenced above, the culminating exams assess your knowledge of the content related to your particular certification area. The specific exam(s) you must take depends on your certification area.
Required Culminating Examinations for Each Certification Area with Session/Test Code
Undergraduate PK-4 and Special Education students should take culminating tests when most of your major courses are completed and no later than 8 weeks before you complete your coursework at Messiah College to ensure your certification application is not delayed.
Other undergraduates (not PK-4 and Special Ed) should take culminating tests in the summer after the junior year or, at the latest, eight weeks before completion of coursework at Messiah College to ensure that their certification application is not delayed.
Post-baccalaureate and graduate students should take culminating tests no later than eight weeks before completion of coursework at Messiah College to ensure that their certification application is not delayed.