Advanced Professional Studies - APS

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) mandates all teacher certification candidates meet certain criteria.

Millersville University has adopted the Advanced Professional Status (APS) requirements in order to meet those mandates and be a state approved teacher education program that successfully leads students to certification in the state of Pennsylvania.

Advanced Professional Studies (APS) status is required in order to register for Advanced Professional courses.

Millersville University APS Policy - Effective Fall 2015 (Amended 10/2020)


ACT 55 of 2022 - Basic Skills Test Waiver

ACT 55 of 2022 was signed into law by Governor Wolf on July 8, 2022, requires the Secretary of Education to waive the requirement to satisfactorily complete the assessment of basic skills required under section 1207.3 and 22 Pa. Code § 49.18(c) (relating to assessment) for 3 years from July 8, 2022, through July 8, 2025. This applies to all students who enter preparation programs during this period as well as otherwise qualified candidates for licensure who make application during this period. 

Additional information regarding ACT 55 of 2022 can be found on the PDE website - Certification - Testing Requirements.

The waiving of Basic Skills Testing does not include Content Area Tests (PECT). This is valid for the Pre-Service Tests ONLY.   All other APS requirements remain in effect.  Therefore, APS Applications must still be submitted to obtain APS status.

When applying for APS please use the waiver (for tracking purposes ONLY) to have the APS testing requirement waived. Follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Complete the ACT 55 Basic Skills Test Waiver Form in its entirety.
  2. Create a pdf of the completed form.
  3. Submit the pdf of the completed form in place of the Pre-Service testing scores requirement on your APS Application. 
  4. Keep the form for your records. 


Revised 08/01/2022