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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 five 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, 2018-19

CEAED PK-42014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-19
Completers 224 204 243 230 204
GPA 3.70 3.71 3.69 3.61 3.65
PA certified 220 179 218 198 189
Pass Rate 99% 93% 95% 94% 93%
PECT 8006 224 226 224 224 218
PECT 8007 221 221 217 217 218
PECT 8008 222 220 218 219

217

English 4-82014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 1 8 7 4 2
GPA low 3.74 3.44 3.65 3.41
PA certified 1 8 5 4 2
Pass Rate 100% 100% 83% 100% 100%
Praxis 5153 low 181 178 174 174
Praxis 5154 low 166 157 170 165
Praxis 5155 low 172.5 170 167 176
Praxis 5156 low 167 172 169 168

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 - 82017-20182018-2019
Completers 13 10
GPA 3.56 3.59
PA certified 13 9
Pass Rate 100% 100%
Praxis 5153 184 174
Praxis 5154 160 161
Praxis 5155 184.5 178
Praxis 5158 190 184

Soc Studies 4-82014-20152015-2018 combined
Completers 8 9
GPA 3.54 3.64
PA certified 6 9
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 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2019 combined
Completers 8 9 7 7
GPA 3.46 3.74 3.48 3.30
PA certified 7 8 6 6
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Praxis 5235 173 178 171 176

Chemistry 7-122014-20152015-2017 combined2017-2019 combined
Completers 6 8

5

GPA 3.70 3.64 3.62
PA certified 5 8 5
Pass Rate 83% 100% 100%
Praxis 5245 163 177 175

Earth & Space Science 7-122014-2017 combined2017-2020 combined
Completers 6 7
GPA 3.65 3.40
PA certified 6 5
Pass Rate 100% 71%
Praxis 5571 175 164

Physics 7-122014-2019 combined
Completers 10
GPA 3.69
PA certified 10
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5265 156

General Science 7-122014-2019 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 21
Pass Rate 100%
Praxis 5435 155

English 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 40 26 27 23 25
GPA 3.63 3.6 3.61 3.72 3.71
PA certified 37 26 19 23 22
Pass Rate 100% 100% 96% 100% 100%
Praxis 5153 181 182 181 182 182

Communications 7-12 (closed)2014-20152015-20162016-2017
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 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 24 15 18 9 12
GPA 3.40 3.51 3.49 3.67

3.38

PA certified 25 18 19 8 11
Pass Rate 100% 75% 94% 100% 100%
Praxis 5153 170 171 173 175

170

Social Studies 7-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 28 39 26 22 20
GPA 3.58 3.54 3.53 3.53 3.54
PA certified 27 35 24 19 18
Pass Rate 100% 90% 92% 100% 90%
Praxis 5153 172 171 173 173 170

French PK-122014-2017 combined2017-2019 combined
Completers

9

4

GPA 3.63 3.72
PA certified 8 4
Pass Rate 100% 100%
ACTFL OPI Advanced Low Intermediate High
ACTFL WPT Advanced Low Intermediate High
German PK-122017-2019 combined
Completers 2
GPA 3.84
PA certified 2
Pass Rate 100%
ACTFL OPI

Intermediate High

ACTFL WPT Intermediate High

Spanish PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 7 8 6 8 5
GPA 3.77 3.65 3.66 3.56 3.81
PA certified 7 7 6 7 5
Pass Rate 100% 93% 100% 87.5% 100%
ACTFL OPI Intermediate High Intermediate High Advanced Low Intermediate High Advanced Low
ACTFL WPT Intermediate High Intermediate High Advanced Low Advanced Low Advanced Low

Latin PK-12 had only one completer for AY 2014-2019.

Special Education B.S.2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 18 20 16 10 12
GPA 3.64 3.67 3.59 3.68 3.74
PA certified 14 19 12 10 12
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
PECT Module 1 243 244 231 249 243
PECT Module 2 252 249 243 253 248

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

2017-2018

2018-2019

Completers 5 7 6 13 17
GPA 3.84 3.97 3.92 3.85 3.92
PA certified 5 7 6 12 17
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 92% 100%
PECT Module 1 243 257 246 232 241
PECT Module 2 243 2665 245 245 252

Agriculture PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 13 12 4 1\3 9
GPA 3.48 3.44 low 3.36 3.37
PA certified 13 12 4 13 8
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100 89%
Praxis 5701 168 169 low 175 174

Health and Physical Educ PK-122014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Completers 9 6 10 6 6
GPA 3.30 3.54 3.48 3.28 3.27
PA certified 9 6 10 6 6
Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
New Praxis 5857 2014-2016  N=12  171 - 175 168 174
Old Praxis 5856 2014-2016   N=3  low - - -