Candidates for certification must pass all required PECT/PRAXIS tests. This includes the Basic Skills Assessment tests (PAPA, CORE or SAT/ACT) that are required for official acceptance to the Education Program and by PDE.

  • For the SAT taken after February 29, 2016, if a student earns a score of Reading (27), Mathematics (26) and Writing (28) or higher on any one or all three then he/she does not have to take the aligned PAPA/CORE entrance test. For the SAT taken prior to March 1, 2016, if a student earns a score of 500 or higher on any one or all three of the SAT tests then he/she does not have to take the aligned PAPA/CORE entrance test.
  • For the ACT test taken Sept 1. 2015- Aug 31, 2016, if a student earns a score of Reading (22), Math (21) and/or Writing (21) or taken aftter Aug 31, 2016. if the student earns a score or Reading (22), Math (21) and Writing (8); then he/she does not have to take the aligned PAPA/CORE entrance test. 

Official SAT/ACT scores should be submitted directly from College Board with application to Wilson College. If the score doesn't meet the qualifying score listed above, the score may meet the minimum score and may still count. Please send official scores!

If SAT/ACT scores do not meet the Basic Skils Assessment requirment, the student will then need to take the PAPA or Core tests.

Finally, prior to applying for the Pennyslvania Instructional I Certificate a student must pass the appropriate PECT/PRAXIS required content area test(s).

Adjustments can be made to accommodate the requirements of other states except those which require a year of graduate study.

The Pennsylvania certificate is also valid in 46 states with which interstate agreements exist. Students will need to check with other state Departments of Education concerning certification transfer.

An PA Instructional Level I certificate is valid for six years of service, during which time the following requirements must be completed: an approved induction program, 24 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from a state approved, four-year degree-granting institution, and three years of satisfactory full-time service under contract in Pennsylvania. A person then qualifies for PA Level II certification.

Once a student has attained initial certification, s/he must adhere to Pennsylvania’s Act 48, which requires all teachers to complete six credit hours or 180 clock hours of professional development every five years in order to retain a valid certificate. This applies to both PA Instructional I and Instructional II certificates.