Teacher Education Office

State Testing Requirements

Basic skills tests developed and administered by Pearson Education, along with content-specific Praxis® II Series and PECT tests developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) or Pearson, are used by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to help ensure that teacher candidates have appropriate basic skills and content knowledge mastery.  The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires passing test scores before granting an Instructional I certificate to teach in specific content areas.  Click here for the list of required exams and scores.

Click here for more information on the teacher certification testing requirements and for help registering and preparing for the exams.

PAPA Exam Policy

All undergraduate RMU teacher candidates must take the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA tests), developed and administered by Pearson Education.  The PAPA tests will be the means of assessing your basic knowledge – reading, mathematics, and writing skills.  Transfer applicants to teacher certification programs at RMU from other institutions or from other majors within RMU must also submit passing scores on the PAPA. 

Click here to view information on preparing for the PAPA tests.  

Undergraduate candidates seeking initial certification are required to pass all of these three PAPA test modules.  Undergraduate RMU teacher candidates must submit passing results on the PAPA as part of the Application for Candidacy, and passing scores for all three PAPA test modules are a requirement for pre-student teaching and student teaching.   Post-baccalaureate candidates seeking initial certification are not required to take the PAPA.

Praxis II/ PECT Exam Policy

All RMU teacher candidates must also take specific content area tests, including post-baccalaureate teacher candidates.  The nature and number of content-related tests varies by certification area.  Some content-related tests, such as those for early childhood and special education, are developed and administered by Pearson Education; while others, such as those required for middle level and secondary teaching certifications, are developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Note that if you are already Pennsylvania certified and adding another certificate, you only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area. 

  • No RMU student will be permitted into the Teacher Certification Course Sequence (Post Candidacy courses) without having obtained passing scores on the PAPA tests.
  • All teacher candidates must submit proof of having taken the required content area tests (Praxis II or equivalent) the semester prior to student teaching, and include the results as part of the Application for Student Teaching.
  • No RMU teacher candidate will be permitted to student teach without having attempted the required content-area tests and have results on file in the RMU Teacher Education Office.
  • The PDE will not grant teacher certification without passing all required tests.

For More Information, Contact:

Nancy A Mcgregor

Certification Assistant
School of Education and Social Sciences
412-397-6025 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 434
Moon Campus

Office of Teacher Education
Nicholson Center, 4th Floor
6001 University Blvd.
Moon Township, PA 15108
412-397-6027 phone
412-397-6044 fax