Education Programs Admission Requirements

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Teaching is a profession that requires selective admission criteria and a rigorous course of study. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has established requirements for certification to teach in Pennsylvania. To prepare you to meet these requirements, Immaculata University has developed criteria for formal admission to undergraduate teacher preparation programs leading to certification. Formal acceptance is conditional upon meeting and maintaining requirements throughout the degree program.

In October 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted Act 168 (24 P.S. § 1-111.1). Specifically, Act 168 requires an assessment of basic skills to be completed by preparation candidates prior to entry into a Pennsylvania baccalaureate teacher preparation program.

Students with 48 or more credit hours must achieve the following to be formally admitted to the program. Individuals who have not been formally admitted by the time they have earned 60 credits will not be permitted to continue in education majors.

  • Earned a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Pass basic skills tests:
    • If you earned a minimum SAT combined score of 1500 (if taken prior to March 1, 2016), you are exempt from taking the PAPA/CORE Reading, Writing, and Math exams.  If you earn a minimum on the new SAT score of Reading - 27, Math - 26, and Writing and Language - 28 (if taken after February 29, 2016), you are exempt from taking th PAPA/CORE Reading, Writing, and Math exams.
    • ACT minimum combined score of 64 (September 1, 2015 to August 3, 2016) and a 51 (after August 31, 2016). 
    • PAPA composite score of 633
    • CORE academic skills for educators composite score of 460
  • Please contact Leah Bustraan at 610-647-4400, ext. 3297, Certification Officer, with any questions regarding test scores. 

Testing Prep Course

If students are unable to qualify for test exemption by way of the SAT or ACT combined score method, they may choose to take either the PAPA or CORE tests. Immaculata offers, at no cost to students, a PAPA online course with practice tests. Included with study guides are four practice tests in each area, Reading, Math, and Writing, with evaluations and feedback. To access the testing prep course and be assigned a password, send an email to with your student ID number.

Test Registration

After completing the course, students may register for the PAPA tests by following the links at and selecting "Tests Required for Undergraduate Candidates for Initial Certification." Be sure to indicate that scores should be sent to Immaculata. You are encouraged to take the PAPA test in your freshman year.

After successfully completing a basic skills assessment and earning 48 credits, you may apply to be formally accepted into a teacher preparation program. To apply, contact:

Leah Bustraan at 610-647-4400 ext. 3297,

Program Dismissal

Students pursuing a degree in education must be formally accepted by the time they have earned 60 credits or they may be dismissed from the program.

Transfer Students

Applicants who have earned 24 or more credits transferring into a major within the Education Division must pass a basic skills test prior to admission. Transfer students with less than 23 credits may be admitted, but must apply for formal acceptance after earning 48 credits and completing the basic skills testing requirements.

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