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Academic Resources

Certification for the Graduate Program in Education

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) 

All candidates for Pennsylvania Special Education PK-8 or Special Education 7 to 12 certification must take and pass the PECT administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems.  

Students are responsible for any costs associated with the preparation for and taking of this examination.  

For information on PECT preparation, please see the following link:

http://www.pa.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/GENRB_PreparationMaterials.html

Candidates for PA certification apply through the TIMS system. More information is available here:

Questions? Contact asigel@messiah.edu

TESOL:

Candidates for PA certification apply through the TIMS system. More information is available here:

Questions? Contact asigel@messiah.edu

Certification Requirements by State:

https://2b.education.uky.edu/certification-requirements-by-state/

Steps to Pennsylvania Certification:

/info/21151/certifications/1824/steps_to_certification

Three tips for avoiding extra costs:

1. Take tests in PA OR designate PA Dept. of Ed. (PDE) as a score recipient each time you test.

2. Ladies – use your maiden name for ALL testing. After getting your PA certificate, change your name with PDE (no charge).

3. When you have completed course work and met testing requirements, apply right away to PDE for certification.