Testing Requirements for All Undergraduate Candidates Seeking Certification in the State of Pennsylvania
All undergraduate candidates applying for Pennsylvania State Certification in PreK-4/Special Education, Middle School (4-8), Secondary Education (7-12), and Art Education (K-12) need to pass all PAPA and PRAXIS series state teacher examinations in order to receive an Instructional I certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is required that before applying into the School of Education, students must pass 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 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)
The PAPA test (all three modules) must be completed and passed before applying into the School of Education. Candidates are required to apply into the School of Education by the end of their sophomore year. Candidates must either pass the PRAXIS tests or show record of registration for the tests with application for Student Teaching. Students are required to apply for student teaching the semester before they plan to student teach. 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.