Welcome to PAC-TE

PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for all those in Pennsylvania who are engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators. 

PAC-TE is dedicated to providing strong advocacy for professional educator preparation within the Commonwealth. 

The purpose of PAC-TE as the voice for professional educator preparation in Pennsylvania is to promote quality professional educator preparation programs and to provide opportunity for individual professional growth for all persons in Pennsylvania engaged in professional educator preparation.



  • June 1 – November 1 -- Renew your PAC-TE membership and/or the membership of your institution for 2020-2021
  • September 8 – 30 -- submissions open for grad/faculty poster session at the TEA
  • October 28 – 30 – 49th Annual Teacher Educator Conference (TEA) -- To register, click here.

PA Teacher Educator Now Available

The PAC-TE Journal (a peer-reviewed publication) is now available (including back issues).  Please click here for access.

PAC-TE Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors of PAC-TE approved a new strategic plan in April, 2019.  PAC-TE's Strategic Plan is organized around four major areas: Administration,    Membership Expansion, Expansion Engagement,and Advocacy.

PDE - Act 82 of 2018 Special Education Guidance

Click here for the PDE memo, Initial Guidance on Expanding Special Education Grade Spans.

          PAC-TE is a state unit of AACTE and ATE



October 28-30, 2020



This year’s TEA will be the FIRST VIRTUAL TEA, EVER!!!  The TEA Planning Committee has put together a GREAT conference and, in addition, attendees will have the opportunity to opt for Act 48 credit for attending presentations (more on that after things are finalized). 

The conference program is beginning to finalize (still in draft form, however) and can be viewed in the NEW FORMAT by copying this link into your browser: 


One of the items that many attendees have requested from past conferences is a “key” to the focus of the sessions.  With the Whova app (the conference platform) you will notice (by copying the above link into your browser) that we now have included a “key” word (chosen by the presenter) as to the session’s focus. 

Welcome messages from our President, Gwen Price, and Conference Chair, Tom Conway are offered here.  Please read and enjoy the positive messages while we anticipate our first ever virtual Teacher Education Assembly!!

As you look at the sessions and plan for those you would like to attend, please DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER!!!!  Registration until midnight September 30 is $100 for members; and from October 1st through the conference, the registration fee is $150 for members.  Non-member registration is $200 with no early bird, and student member registration is $50 (student membership is $20).  To join or renew your membership in PAC-TE, click here.






We are pleased to share that ETS is close to introducing a solution that will allow teacher-candidates to take a Praxis exam at home or other secure location while test centers are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We anticipate that this solution, Praxis at Home, will be available mid-May 2020.

Praxis at Home will offer teacher-candidates the same test and is supported by the same services as the tests offered in test centers. The only difference is that the solution is proctored remotely by a trained specialist through our collaborator ProctorU. ETS is working closely with ProctorU to ensure that testing meets our high standards of accuracy and security.

To serve our teacher-candidates in a efficient manner, we will release the most frequently adopted tests first and add to the offerings quickly over the weeks ahead. At this time, our priority is to serve your teacher-candidates so they can earn their certifications and be ready for the classroom this fall. We will continue to support test centers and look forward to working with them to safely reopen as the crisis subsides.

We will be in touch with more information on the solution in the coming weeks. For additional updates, please visit the ETS Testing Updates webpage. We hope that you, your staff, your family and your friends remain well.

Thank you.

ETS Professional Educator Programs

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Membership for the 2020/2021 PAC-TE membership year begins July 1 and membership goes through June 30, 2021. Make sure you don’t miss any of the exciting events and education/certification-related information you can get ONLY by belonging to YOUR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION.  Also, check with your dean or department head to make sure that your college/university is a member of PAC-TE.