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Required Content Knowledge Tests for Each Certification Area

 

The table below lists the specific exams (along with their codes) that are required by Pennsylvania for each of the certification programs offered at Messiah College. It is important to note that these are the exams that are currently required by Pennsylvania. If you are seeking certification in a state other than Pennsylvania, you may find that the required exams are different. When you register, don’t forget to list Messiah College and the Pennsylvania Department of Education as score recipients.  Most are Praxis exams administered by ETS.  Exams administered by Pearson are bolded.

 

NOTE:  When you register online for Praxis exams, the results are posted one month after your test date.  You can access these for a period of one year. You are encouraged to make a copy of results for your records.

 

For test preparation material, choose your tests from the drop down menu at:   Praxis II Tests at a Glance

NOTE: Paper tests are being phased out by ETS.  The last national Praxis paper test administration is Saturday, June 7, 2014.  Paper tests will be available only for accommodations after that date.

 

Art Education K-12

0134 (paper) or 5134 (computer) Art: Content Knowledge
5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement no test for PA

Biology 7-12

 

0235 (paper) or 5235 (computer) Biology: Content Knowledge

Chemistry 7-12

 

0245 (paper) or 5245 (computer) Chemistry: Content Knowledge (2 hr)

English 7-12

 

5038 English Language: Content Knowledge (computer)

Environmental Education K-12 (dual cert w/Biology)

 

0831 Environmental Education Note: This test will be discontinued.  The last administration will be in June 2014.  There is no direct replacement. Test-takers should plan to complete the test by June.

5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

ESL Program Specialist K-12 No test for PA

Family & Consumer Sciences K-12

 

0121 (paper) or 5121 (computer) Family & Consumer Sciences Note: 5122 Family & Consumer Sciences will replace 0121 and 5121 beginning March 2015. Last administration of 0121 and 5121 is Aug. 2015.

5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

French K-12

5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

5174 World Languages: French

Special Note: Foreign Language French candidates have the option of taking either the PRAXIS or the ACTFL test. Candidates may take the ACTFL test, which includes a written (when available) and oral exam that is graded on a proficiency scale rather than a point scale.  Both the written and oral exams must be taken when available.  The minimum proficiency to qualify is Intermediate High - Code 120.  Candidates may contact the ACTFL Language Testing office at http://www.languagetesting.com/ or at 914-963-7110 for further information.

German K-12

5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

5183 World Languages: German

Special Note: Foreign Language German candidates have the option of taking either the PRAXIS or the ACTFL test.  Candidates may take the ACTFL test, which includes a written (when available) and oral exam that is graded on a proficiency scale rather than a point scale.  Both the written and oral exams must be taken when available.  The minimum proficiency to qualify is Intermediate High - Code 120.  Candidates may contact the ACTFL Language Testing office at http://www.languagetesting.com/ or at 914-963-7110 for further information.

Grades PreK-4

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems  -Pre K-4 modules 1, 2, & 3

Grades 4-8

5152 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Core Assessment (3 subtests) -  Subtests (5153, 5154, 5155) are available so that students can retake one portion of 5152 instead of the whole thing if a passing score is not received on the first attempt.

AND exam(s) for your one or two concentration areas:

5156 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: English Lang. Arts

5157 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies

5158 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics

5159 Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Science

 

DO NOT take 7-9 Middle Level Praxis Tests: 0049, 0069, 0089, 0439, 5049, 5089

Health & Physical Education K-12

 

0856 (paper) or 5856 (computer) Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge Note: 5857 Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge will replace 0856 and 5856 beginning in March 2015.  Last administration of 0856 and 5856 is August 2015.
5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

Mathematics 7-12

 

5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge (computer)

Music Education K-12

5113 (computer) Music: Content Knowledge
5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

 

Physics K-12

0265 (paper) or 5265 (computer)Physics: Content Knowledge

 

School Counselor: Elementary K–6 OR  Secondary 7–12  

0421 (paper) or 5421 (computer) Professional School Counselor

Social Studies 7-12

 

0081 (paper) or 5081 (computer) Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Spanish K-12

5511 (computer) Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

5195 World Languages: Spanish

Special Note: Foreign Language Spanish candidates have the option of taking either the PRAXIS or the ACTFL test.  Candidates may take the ACTFL test, which includes a written (when available) and oral exam that is graded on a proficiency scale rather than a point scale.  Both the written and oral exams must be taken when available.  The minimum proficiency to qualify is Intermediate High - Code 120.  Candidates may contact the ACTFL Language Testing office at http://www.languagetesting.com/ or at 914-963-7110 for further information.

Special Education PreK-8 (grad only) or dual cert w/ Grades PK-4

PreK-8 Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems -Special Education modules 1&2

Current Students

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Prospective Students

Transfer Students

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