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Teacher Certification 

 Elizabethtown College through its Department of Education, offers several programs leading to a bachelor’s degree and Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching certification. The Department also offers a 4+1 master’s degree program in Special Education which allows students to complete both general certification and special education certification.  Candidates select from either a PreK-8 or 7-12 grade concentration in special education certification. Together, the Department and College act as an agent of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the teacher certification process for students who meet all appropriate standards. 

As part of its general requirements for majors and/or certification, the Education Department requires students to make application into the Teacher Certification Program.This begins with provisional acceptance (routinely this is done as a first-year student) and this is followed by formal acceptance. (routinely this is done as a sophomore student). Below you will find information on the specific requirements for provisional Acceptance followed by specific information for formal acceptance. 

The programs at Elizabethtown College are accredited through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and are governed by the General Standards of Chapter 354 of the Pennsylvania Code. 

Certification Tests  

Praxis II: Elem/Middle Level (4-8)

PAPA:  ALL majors begin with this exam 

Praxis II: Secondary (7-12)

PECT: Early Childhood (PreK-4)

Praxis II: K-12 Areas (Music, Art, Spanish)

PECT: Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12)


Struggling with the PAPA or PECT tests?

If you are struggling with either the PAPA or the  PECT exams, there are a variety of resources available online that can help you with your test preparation. The links listed on the right are three resources that we recommend. All three sites have a variety of resources to help you prepare for the exams. There are also practice tests available for purchase through these sites. Check them out today!  

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