Multiple content certification in pa?

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  1. Rachel11

    Rachel11 New Member

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    Hello! I was told that as long as a certified Pa teacher passed a subjects praxis content test, they would be certified to teach that subject. I've also heard that they were consisting doing away with this. Does anyone know if it's still true? Thanks! -Rachel
     
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    In NJ, you have to have the credits to back up the Praxis Exam, so not quite the same as what you are saying. As an example, to earn the endorsement to teach Middle School ELA, you not only have to pass the Praxis for MS specialization, but you have to have 15 undergraduate credits that are pure English and/or literature. Any course with pedagogy will not work. Pennsylvania could be very different, but I think that many states have endorsement policies similar to NJ.
     
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    Hi Rachel, it is still true. You can take any content subject test and pass and be certified. What they did away with was the 7-9 middle subjects certification. There used to be tests for math, english, etc. just for the middle grades you could take.

    Now you have to take the subject tests for 7-12 to be certified in any secondary content subject. There is no more 7-9, but you can definitely still take the 7-12 in any subject!

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Check out this this document http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638 which states:

    Instructional Add-Ons
    Individuals holding a Pennsylvania Instructional I, Instructional II or Pennsylvania Intern certificate may add most other Instructional areas by taking and passing the appropriate content area test and then submitting an application to the Bureau. All other certificate holders may not add on to their certificates using this method.
    Instructional areas that may NOT be added by using the test only include: Cooperative Education, Health and Physical Education, Reading Specialist and all Special Education areas. Completion of an approved program and the appropriate subject assessment test are required to add an excluded Instructional area, Educational Specialist, Supervisory or Administrative certificate.
     

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