New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

As part of New York State teaching certification requirements, students will be required to pass the following exams:

The new exams have begun to available since September 2013. Students should not take the LAST exam or the ATS‑W; those tests will NOT count toward certification.

For more information on the new teacher certification exams, please visit the NYSTCE website at www.nystce.nesinc.com.

 

The edTPA

The edTPA involves submitting video clips of your teaching, as well as lesson plans and other material. There will be different edTPAs for different certification areas. If you are in a dual certificate program, you need to take only one edTPA, not two. You may choose, after consultation with your advisor, which of the two you will do.

If you are in an extension program, you do not need to take the EdTPA in the content area of the extension. However, if you do not have initial NYSED certification, you must complete the edTPA for your initial NYSED certification. For example, if you are in the bilingual childhood education program, you will complete the edTPA in childhood education.

If you hold initial or professional certification as a teacher in New York State and are in the process of getting a second certification, NYSED does not require you to take the edTPA in the second certification area.

For additional information about the edTPA assessment, you may visit www.edTPA.com  or

edTPA in New York State - Resources for students, including a guide to which assessment to register for, depending on the certification you are working toward.

 

edTPA References

 

 

The Content Specialty Tests (CST)

Effective immediately, the revised versions of the following multi-subject tests will be administered (beginning with the September 22, 2014 test date):

  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6)
  • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9)
  • Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12)  --for candidates working towards the Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

As of August 28, 2014, candidates who have not registered to take the previous version of the Multi-Subject Tests must register for the revised version of the Multi-Subject Tests.

Please note:

-        Each revised version of the Multi-Subject Tests contains three parts and candidates must successfully pass all three parts of a revised Multi-Subject Test in order to receive a passing score for certification:

  • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts
  • Part Two: Mathematics
  • Part Three: Arts and Sciences

-        You can register to take all three parts at the same time (which is less expensive), or you may register to take each part separately.

-        Also, Part Three of the test is the same for all Multi-Subject Tests. A candidate applying for multiple Multi-Subject certificates only needs to take and pass Part Three once.

 

CST Resources

Resources

Preparation guides, frameworks and other resources related to the revised CST exams are available from the New York State Education Department:

Test Field

Link to Preparation Guide

English Language Arts

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=003

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2)

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=211

 

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1-Grade 6)

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=221

 

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Middle Childhood (Grade 5–Grade 9)

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=231

 

Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12)

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=241

 

Agriculture

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=068

Business and Marketing

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=69

Family and Consumer Sciences

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=072