Certification

Post-Baccalaureate Students Seeking Teacher Certification


**Post-bacc teacher preparation candidates are no longer required to take the basic skills tests: PPST or PAPA.  The new policy is a result of language in Act 24 of 2011.**

Post-bacc students enrolled in the PreK-4 program must complete the PECT: PreK-4 three module assessments before registering for student teaching, if student teaching is required.  All assessments must be passed before applying for teacher certification.

Post-bacc students enrolled in the Special Education PreK-8 program must complete the PECT: Special Education PreK-8 assessment before applying for teacher certification.

Post-bacc students enrolled in Secondary Education programs should complete the Secondary Education Praxis test in the appropriate content area before beginning his/her post-bacc program.  All assessments must be passed before applying for teacher certification.

Initial application for teacher certification is now completed through the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) portal on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.




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