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Important Changes to State Testing Requirements

Effective April 2, 2012, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will be using new Praxis I exams and select new Praxis II exams for teacher certification. The Praxis I exams currently in use by the PDE, the ETS Pre-Professional Screening Tests (PPST), are being discontinued.

Starting on April 2, 2012, a new series of Praxis I exams, the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), will replace the current ETS Pre-Professional Screening Tests. Like the PPST exams, passing scores on the new Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment exams are required of all teacher education candidates for admission to Step I in the IUP Three-Step Process. All successfully completed PPST exams taken prior to April 2, 2012, will be honored by IUP and the PDE.

Additionally, on April 2, 2012, there are new Praxis II exams for certifications in Early Childhood PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8, and Special Education 7-12. All teacher candidates seeking these new PDE certifications are required to take the new Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) for these certification areas.

Finally, information about both the new Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment Praxis I exams for all candidates and the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests Praxis II exams for Early Childhood PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8, and Special Education 7-12 can be found on the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests website.

All other tests for Praxis II will continue to be administered by ETS unitl further notice.

Contact the IUP University Testing Center for more information at 724-357-4994.

New Certification Programs

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Note: As a result of changes to 22 Pa. Code, Chapter 49, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has instituted changes requiring candidates pursuing a certificate called Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education to complete their program and apply for these certifications by December 31, 2012.

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  • Stouffer Hall, Room 104
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2485
  • Fax: 724-357-3294
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