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Required NYS Certification Exams

Teacher Certification

Please see important information regarding NYS certification exam Safety Nets.

New York State Teacher Certification Exam Requirements

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The NYSED requires that candidates applying for NYS Initial Certification complete the exams listed below, please see details from the NYS Teacher Certification Examinations. Also see NYSED FAQ regarding new exams.

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

For details, please see NYS Exams Fast Facts below.

New York State 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 Field Studies during student teaching, preparation materials at edtpa.com. Also see Submission deadlines.
  • edTPA FAQ
  • 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 and preparation materials at NYSTCE
  • 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

EAS Preparation Guide

EAS Test Design and Framework

EAS Practice Test Fee $20.00

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 and preparation materials at NYSTCE
  • 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

Preparation Guides

Test Frameworks

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 and preparation materials at NYSTCE
  • 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

Preparation Guides

Test Frameworks

NYS Exam Requirements by Major for Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs, and NYU Teacher Residency

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

English Education and Students with Disabilities 7-12

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, English Language Arts CST, Students with Disabilities CST, Multi-Subject 7-12 CST
Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option, Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

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: 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 - Parts 1 and 2, EAS
Certificate: School District Leader

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

Social Studies Education and Students with Disabilities 7-12

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Social Studies CST, Students with Disabilities CST, Multi-Subject 7-12 CST
Certificates: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option, Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

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

Speech and Language Disabilities  

Required exams: EAS, ALST, Speech Language Pathology Praxis II* see ets.org/praxis
BEA (in target language) required for Bilingual Extension
Certificate(s): Speech and Language Disabilities, All Grades (PreK-12), Bilingual Extension (Bilingual track only)

*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

Teacher Residency (NYU TR) 

English Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, English Language Arts CST
Certificates: English Language Arts 7-12, English Language Arts 5-6 extension option

Mathematics Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Mathematics CST
Certificates: Mathematics 7-12, Mathematics 5-6 extension option

Science Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Specific Science CST
Certificate: Specific Science 7-12, 5-6 extension option

Social Studies Education

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Social Studies CST
Certificate: Social Studies 7-12, Social Studies 5-6 extension option

Students with Disabilities 7-12

Required exams: edTPA, EAS, Students with Disabilities CST, Multi-Subject 7-12 CST
Certificates: Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

Contact

For all questions and concerns related to NYU Steinhardt certification programs not addressed in these pages, please contact:

Mark J. Perez 
Certification Officer
NYU Steinhardt
82 Washington Square East, Room 229 
New York, New York 10003 
(212) 998-5033 
(212) 995-4353 fax
mark.perez@nyu.edu