Teacher Certification

Required NYS Certification Exams

Please see Important Information Regarding NYS Certification Exam Safety Nets here

Effective immediately, the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test) has been eliminated. Candidates are NO LONGER REQUIRED to take the ALST for NYS certification.  Please see NYSED link here and NYSTCE link here 

NYS Teacher Certification Exam Requirements

The NYSED requires that candidates applying for NYS Initial Certification complete the exams listed below, please see details from the NYSED website here and here as well as from the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations website here  NYSED FAQ regarding the exams requirements can be found here

  • Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) (not required for Speech and Language Disabilities)
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Test(s) (dual program completers will need two CSTs)

For details, please see NYS Exams Fast Facts below

NYS Exams Fast Facts

edTPA

edTPA is a multiple measure assessment of teaching focused on student learning. Evidence of candidate teaching performance is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment: 3–5 lessons from a unit of instruction for one class of students. Teacher candidates submit authentic artifacts (lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) from their actual teaching during a clinical field experience. Candidates also submit commentaries that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices based on student learning strengths and needs. Candidates’ evidence is evaluated across five scoring components of teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Analysis of Teaching, and Academic Language.

  • Registration through NYU Steinhardt Office of Clinical Studies during student teaching, preparation materials at edTPA website edtpa.com  Submission deadlines here
  • edTPA Frequently Asked Questions here
  • Fee $300
  • Minimum passing score determined by NYS is provided on edTPA website
  • Not required for Speech and Language Disabilities

 

Educating All Students (EAS)

The Educating All Students test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items. The EAS test measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students – diverse student populations, English language learners, students with disabilities - effectively in New York State public schools.

  • Offered Computer based
  • Register on NYSTCE website www.nystce.nesinc.com
  • Fee $92
  • Minimum Passing Score 520 (Score range 400-600)
  • Test Length - 2 hours, 15 minutes

Preparation materials on NYSTCE and NYSED websites below:

NYSTCE Preparation Homepage here

EAS Preparation Guide here 

EAS Test Design and Framework here

EAS Workshop (Video) here

EAS Webinar here under New York State Teacher Certification Exams 

EAS Practice Test (Fee $20.00) here

 

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and/or speaking components and writing components.  CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate's field of certification.

  • Some offered computer based, some offered paper based
  • Register, preparation materials on NYSTCE website www.nystce.nesinc.com
  • Fee $134 - $179 computer based depending on exam, $79 paper based
  • Minimum Passing Score current CSTs 220 (score range 100-300), revised CSTs 520 (Score range 400-600)
  • Test Length - 4 hours to 5 hours 15 minutes depending on exam

Preparation materials on NYSTCE and NYSED websites below:

NYSTCE Preparation Homepage here

Preparation Guides here 

Test Frameworks here

New CST Draft Frameworks here

 

Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs)

The BEAs consist of multiple-choice questions and constructed-response assignments. They include recorded listening and speaking components in English and include listening, speaking, reading, and writing components in the target language. The BEAs are required of candidates seeking a bilingual education extension to a certificate.

  • Offered computer based
  • Register, preparation materials on NYSTCE website www.nystce.nesinc.com
  • Fee $71
  • Minimum Passing Score 220 (score range 100-300)
  • Test Length - 4 hours

Preparation materials on NYSTCE and NYSED websites below:

NYSTCE Preparation Homepage here

Preparation Guides here 

Test Frameworks here

Please see Important Information Regarding New NYS Certification Exam Safety Nets here


Undergraduate Programs

Childhood Education/Childhood Special Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject 1-6 CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-6

 

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject B-2 CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Early Childhood Education B-2, Students with Disabilities B-2

 

Educational Theatre

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Theatre CST

Certificate: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

English Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option

 

Foreign Language Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: Specific Foreign Language 7-12, Specific Foreign Language 5-6 extension option

 

Mathematics Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Mathematics CST

Certificates: Mathematics 7-12, Mathematics 5-6 extension option

 

Music Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Music CST

Certificate: Music, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Science Education 

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Specific Science CST

Certificate: Specific Science 7-12

 

Social Studies Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Social Studies CST

Certificate: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option

 

Graduate Programs

 

Art Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Visual Arts CST

Certificate: Visual Arts, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Bilingual Education*

Required exams: BEA (in target language)

Certificate: Bilingual Extension

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Childhood Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject 1-6 CST

Certificate: Childhood Education 1-6

 

Childhood Education/Childhood Special Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject 1-6 CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-6

 

Dance Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Dance CST

Certificate: Dance, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Early Childhood Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject B-2 CST

Certificate: Early Childhood Education B-2

 

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Multi-Subject B-2 CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Early Childhood Education B-2, Students with Disabilities B-2

 

Educational Theatre

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Theatre CST

Certificate: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Educational Theatre and English 7-12

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Theatre CST, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12), English Language Arts 7-12

 

Educational Theatre and Social Studies 7-12

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Theatre CST, Social Studies CST

Certificates: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12), Social Studies 7-12

 

English Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option

 

Foreign Language Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: Specific Foreign Language 7-12, Specific Foreign Language 5-6 extension option

 

Literacy Birth-6*

Required exams: Literacy CST

Certificate: Literacy B-6

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Literacy 5-12*

Required exams: Literacy CST

Certificate: Literacy 5-12

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Mathematics Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Mathematics CST

Certificates: Mathematics 7-12, Mathematics 5-6 extension option

 

Music Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Music CST

Certificate: Music, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

School Building Leader

Required exams: New School Building Leader - Parts 1 and 2, EAS

Certificate: School Building Leader

 

School Counselor

Required exams: none currently

Certificate: School Counselor

 

School Counselor, Bilingual

Required exams: BEA (in target language)

Certificates: School Counselor, Bilingual Extension

 

School District Leader

Required exams: School District Leader

Certificate: School District Leader

 

Science Education (including CRISP)

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Specific Science CST

Certificate: Specific Science 7-12

 

Social Studies Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Social Studies CST

Certificate: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option

 

Special Education, Childhood*

Required exams: Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Students with Disabilities 1-6

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Special Education, Early Childhood*

Required exams: Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Students with Disabilities B-2

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Communicative Sciences and Disorders with Speech and Language Disabilities Certification

Required exams: EAS, ALST, Speech Language Pathology Praxis II* see ets.org/praxis

Certificate: Speech and Language Disabilities, All Grades (PreK-12)

*required for Professional Certification

 

TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, ESOL CST

Certificates: English to Speakers of Other Languages, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

TESOL and Foreign Language

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, ESOL CST, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: English to Speakers of Other Languages, All Grades (PreK-12), Specific Foreign Language 7-12


Requirements for Candidates Graduating Prior to May 2014

Below please see the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) requirements for each state approved certification program offered by NYU Steinhardt along with the corresponding NYS certificate(s).

You register for the exams and may download free preparation guides at the NYSTCE website here

LAST – Liberal Arts and Sciences Test

Elem ATS-W - Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written

Sec ATS-W – Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written

CST – Content Specialty Test

BEA – Bilingual Education Assessment

*All tests are are not available on all test dates, so please plan accordingly.

For Frequently Asked Questions reagrding the NYSTCExams including when exams should be completed, please click on NYSED link here

 

Undergraduate Programs

Childhood Education/Childhood Special Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-6

 

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Early Childhood Education B-2, Students with Disabilities B-2

 

Educational Theatre

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Theatre CST

Certificate: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

English Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option

 

Foreign Language Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: Specific Foreign Language 7-12, Specific Foreign Language 5-6 extension option

 

Mathematics Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Mathematics CST

Certificates: Mathematics 7-12, Mathematics 5-6 extension option

 

Music Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Music CST

Certificate: Music, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Science Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Specific Science CST

Certificate: Specific Science 7-12

 

Social Studies Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Social Studies CST

Certificate: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option

 

Graduate Programs

 

Art Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Visual Arts CST

Certificate: Visual Arts, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Bilingual Education*

Required exams: BEA (in target language)

Certificate: Bilingual Extension

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Childhood Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST

Certificate: Childhood Education 1-6

 

Childhood Education/Childhood Special Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Childhood Education 1-6, Students with Disabilities 1-6

 

Dance Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Dance CST

Certificate: Dance, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Early Childhood Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST

Certificate: Early Childhood Education B-2

 

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem ATS-W, Multi-Subject CST, Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Early Childhood Education B-2, Students with Disabilities B-2

 

Educational Theatre

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Theatre CST

Certificate: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

Educational Theatre and English 7-12

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Theatre CST, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12), English Language Arts 7-12

 

Educational Theatre and Social Studies 7-12

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Theatre CST, Social Studies CST

Certificates: Theatre, All Grades (PreK-12), Social Studies 7-12

 

English Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, English Language Arts CST

Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option

 

Foreign Language Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: Specific Foreign Language 7-12, Specific Foreign Language 5-6 extension option

 

Literacy Birth-6*

Required exams: Literacy CST

Certificate: Literacy B-6

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Literacy 5-12*

Required exams: Literacy CST

Certificate: Literacy 5-12

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Mathematics Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Mathematics CST

Certificates: Mathematics 7-12, Mathematics 5-6 extension option

 

Music Education

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Music CST

Certificate: Music, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

School Building Leader

Required exams: School Building Leader - Parts 1 and 2

Certificate: School Building Leader

 

School Counselor

Required exams: none currently

Certificate: School Counselor

 

School Counselor, Bilingual

Required exams: BEA (in target language)

Certificates: School Counselor, Bilingual Extension

 

School District Leader

Required exams: School District Leader

Certificate: School District Leader

 

Science Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Specific Science CST

Certificate: Specific Science 7-12

 

Social Studies Education

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, Social Studies CST

Certificate: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option

 

Special Education, Childhood*

Required exams: Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Students with Disabilities 1-6

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Special Education, Early Childhood*

Required exams: Students with Disabilities CST

Certificates: Students with Disabilities B-2

*must hold appropriate base certificate

 

Communicative Sciences and Disorders with Speech and Language Disabilities Certification

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), Speech Language Pathology Praxis II* see ets.org/praxis

Certificate: Speech and Language Disabilities, All Grades (PreK-12)

*required for Professional Certification

 

TESOL - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Required exams: LAST, Elem or Sec ATS-W (not both), ESOL CST

Certificates: English to Speakers of Other Languages, All Grades (PreK-12)

 

TESOL and Foreign Language

Required exams: LAST, Sec ATS-W, ESOL CST, Specific Foreign Language CST

Certificates: English to Speakers of Other Languages, All Grades (PreK-12), Specific Foreign Language 7-12