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Required Tests by Certification

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 University. 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 University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education as score recipients.  Most are Praxis exams administered by ETS.  Exams administered by Pearson are bolded. All are computer tests.

See link at left for test preparation materials and advice.

Make a copy - 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, as you might be asked to provide this with some job applications.

Any certification can add grades 5&6 to your certification by taking and passing the Praxis II tests 5154 and 5155. Apply for Grade 5 & 6 as an add-on with a new credential application after your initial certification application is approved.

GPA considerations are not in effect for add-on certifications. A passing score is required.

Art Education K-12

5134 Art: Content Knowledge
5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement no test for PA

Biology 7-12

 

5235 Biology: Content Knowledge, through 8/31/2022

5236 Biology: Content Knowledge 9/1/2022 and later

Chemistry 7-12

 

5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge, through 8/31/2022

5246 Chemistry: Content Knowledge, 9/1/2022 and later

Computer Science 7-12 5652 Computer Science: Content Knowledge

English 7-12

 

5038 English Language: Content Knowledge

ESL Program Specialist K-12 No test for PA

Family & Consumer Sciences K-12

 

5122 Family & Consumer Sciences

5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

French K-12

5511 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 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 8006, 8007, 8008

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 if a passing score is not received on one or more modules during 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

 

5857 Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge

5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

Mathematics 7-12

 

5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge, through 8/31/2022

5165, 9/1/2022 and later

Music Education K-12

5113 Music: Content Knowledge
5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

 

Physics 7-12

5265 Physics: Content Knowledge, through 8/31/2022

5266 Physics: Content Knowledge, 9/1/2022 and after

 

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

5421 Professional School Counselor, through 8/31/2022

5422 Professional School Counselor, 9/1/2022 and after

Social Studies 7-12

 

5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Spanish K-12

5511 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. ACTFL Language Testing for PA certification

Special Education PreK-12 stand alone

5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge

5354 Special Education

Special Education PreK-12 w/ Grades PK-4

PreK-8 Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) administered by Pearson Evaluation Systems 8006, 8007, 8008

5354 Special Education