Certification Requirements Met

Data showing the percentage of teacher preparation program completers that have met PDE requirements for certification

All students completing a teacher preparation program at Penn State must meet program course requirements by passing with a C grade or higher, maintain a 3.0 GPA overall in the program, and pass a PDE-required content exam.  The following table of data presents three years of completers with Praxis or Pearson testing pass rates and the average pass score.  For programs that have less than 5 students per year, the completer data have been aggregated into one or more blocks to preserve student privacy.

Program Completers with GPA and Certification Exam Pass Rates
AY 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18

CEAED PK-42014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 224 204 243 230
GPA 3.70 3.71 3.69 3.67
PA certified 220 179 218 198
Pass Rate 99% 93% 95% 98%
PECT 8006 224 226 224 224
PECT 8007 221 221 217 217
PECT 8008 222 220 218 219

English 4-82014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 1 8 7 4
GPA low 3.74 3.44 3.65
PA certified 1 8 5 4
Pass Rate 100% 100% 83% 100%
Praxis 5153 low 181 178 174
Praxis 5154 low 166 157 170
Praxis 5155 low 172.5 170 167
Praxis 5156 low 167 172 169

Math 4-8 had its first cohort of students complete this new Middle Level option and become Pennsylvania certified in AY 2016-17. There were two completers.

Math 4 - 82017-2018
Completers 13
GPA 3.56
PA certified 13
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5153 184
Praxis 5154 160
Praxis 5155 184.5
Praxis 5158 190

Soc Studies 4-82014-20152015-2017 combined
Completers 8 8
GPA 3.54 3.64
PA certified 6 8
Pass Rate 86% 100%
Praxis 5153 172.9 179.6
Praxis 5154 163.6 178.2
Praxis 5155 168.4 187
Praxis 5157 163.3 170.6

Biology 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 8 9 7
GPA 3.46 3.74 3.48
PA certified 7 8 6
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
Praxis 5235 173 178 171

Chemistry 7-122014-20152015-2017 combined
Completers 6 8
GPA 3.70 3.64
PA certified 5 8
Pass Rate 83% 100%
Praxis 5245 163 177

Earth & Space Science 7-122014-2017 combined
Completers 6
GPA 3.65
PA certified 6
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5571 175

Physics 7-122014-2017 combined
Completers 8
GPA 3.70
PA certified 8
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5265 158

General Science 7-122014-2017 combined
Completers

Not provided as a stand alone program at Penn State;
SCIED and AG completers are eligible for certification.

GPA N/A
PA certified 12
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5435 158

English 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 40 26 27
GPA 3.63 3.6 3.61
PA certified 37 26 19
Pass Rate 100% 100% 96%
Praxis 5153 181 182 181

Communications 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Students who complete English
are eligible for communications certification
PA certified 23 12 16
Pass Rate 96% 100% 96%
Praxis 5221 163 165 162

Mathematics 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 24 15 18
GPA 3.40 3.51 3.49
PA certified 25 18 19
Pass Rate 100% 75% 94%
Praxis 5153 170 171 173

Social Studies 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 28 39 26 22
GPA 3.58 3.54 3.53 3.54
PA certified 27 35 24 18
Pass Rate 100% 90% 92% 95%
Praxis 5153 172 171 173

French PK-122014-2018 combined
Completers

10

GPA 3.63
PA certified 9
Pass Rate 100%
ACTFL OPI Advanced Low
ACTFL WPT Advanced Low

Spanish PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 7 8 6 8
GPA 3.77 3.65 3.66 3.56
PA certified 7 7 6 7
Pass Rate 100% 93% 100% 87.5%
ACTFL OPI Intermediate High Intermediate High Advanced Low Intermediate High
ACTFL WPT Intermediate High Intermediate High Advanced Low Advanced Low

German PK-12 had only two completers for AY 2014-2018.

Special Education B.S.2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 18 20 16 10
GPA 3.64 3.67 3.59 3.68
PA certified 14 19 12 10
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
PECT Module 1 243 244 231
PECT Module 2 252 249 243

Special Education M. ED.2014-20152015-20162016-2017

2017/2018

Completers 5 7 6 13
GPA 3.84 3.97 3.92 3.85
PA certified 5 7 6 12
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 92%
PECT Module 1 243 257 246
PECT Module 2 243 2665 245

Agriculture PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 13 12 4 13
GPA 3.48 3.44 low 3.36
PA certified 13 12 4 13
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100
Praxis 5701 168 169 low 175

Health and Physical Educ PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Completers 9 6 10 6
GPA 3.30 3.54 3.48 3.28
PA certified 9 6 10 6
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
New Praxis 5857 2014-2016  N=12  171 - 175 170
Old Praxis 5856 2014-2016   N=3  low - - -