Secondary Education: Additional Requirements by Concentration

You will preferably have significant coursework (i.e., the equivalent of a minor or better) and/or professional experience related to the intended certification area before you are eligible for admission. A prerequisite evaluation will be conducted when your application and all official transcripts are received. All prerequisite courses should be completed with a grade of C or better to count.

English

You will preferably have significant coursework (i.e., the equivalent of a minor or better) and/or professional experience related to the intended certification area before you are eligible for admission.

Praxis II information

Test code 5038: English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 167

Mathematics

You will preferably have significant coursework (i.e., the equivalent of a minor or better) and/or professional experience related to the intended certification area before you are eligible for admission.

Praxis II information

Test code 5161: Mathematics: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 160

Science

You will preferably have significant coursework (i.e., the equivalent of a minor or better) and/or professional experience related to the intended certification area before you are eligible for admission. For general science majors, coursework must cover at least three science areas with a yearlong course and a concentration in any area.

Praxis II information

Biology

Test code 5235: Biology: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 147

Chemistry

Test code 5245: Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 154

Earth and Space Science

Test code 5571: Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 157

General Science

Test code 5435: General Science: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 146

Physics

Test code 5265: Physics: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 140

Social Studies

You will preferably have significant coursework (i.e., the equivalent of a minor or better) and/or professional experience related to the intended certification area before you are eligible for admission. 

Praxis II information

Test code 5081: Social Studies: Content Knowledge
Pennsylvania qualifying score: 157

World-Foreign Languages

Before being admitted, applicants must have completed an undergraduate major or the equivalent in a subject area (e.g. French, Spanish, etc.) with 36 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in the subject area.

  • Non-native speakers must have taken the first two elementary courses and 10 three-credit courses, with a minimum of 30 credits in the foreign language at the college level for certification in one foreign language. Work should include courses in composition, contemporary literature, conversation, culture and civilization and linguistics.  
  • Native speakers must have taken eight university courses in the department of the language of certification (e.g., the Spanish Department) and be versed in language, linguistics, literature and culture.

Applicants must provide official score reports demonstrating a passing score on the Praxis II Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge Test (5511) in addition to the Praxis II Content exam.

Praxis II information

Applicants must provide official score reports demonstrating a passing score on the Praxis® Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511) test and the appropriate language test, outlined below.

  • Praxis® Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (5665) test
  • Praxis® French: World Language (5174) test
  • Praxis® German: World Language (5183) test
  • Praxis® Latin (5601) test
  • Praxis® Spanish: World Language (5195) test

Alternatively, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) test in the appropriate language may substitute for the Praxis® language test. For the ACTFL, both the written and oral exams must be taken, if available. The minimum proficiency to qualify is Intermediate High: Code 120. Candidates may contact the ACTFL testing office at 914-963-7110.