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The La Salle University Early Elementary and Special Education Program is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Upon successful completion of the Early Elementary and Special Education program with a 3.0 minimum GPA, passing scores on PAPA and PECT tests, and an endorsement by the Education faculty, students are eligible for an Instructional I certificate in Early Elementary PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8.

All certification candidates must take the state-required PAPA and PECT tests. Information about the tests and registration are available in the Education Department office located in Olney Hall, room 254. All PAPA and PECT test scores should be reported to La Salle University. Students seeking certifications outside of Pennsylvania should consult the state's Department of Education Web site for certification tests and requirements.

Recommendations for taking the PAPA and PECT tests are posted on the bulletin board in the Education wing in Olney Hall with updated test numbers and pass rates. Students should also consult their Education advisers for testing information and the recommended test sequence:

  • Completed by the end of the Sophomore Year: PAPA Reading, Writing, Mathematics
  • Completed by the end of the Senior Year: PECT Tests: PreK-4 (all three modules), Special Ed PreK-8 (both modules)

PAPA and PECT test information for Pennsylvania certification can be obtained on the Pearson Web site: