New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

Current forms, regulations, test dates, and test frameworks are available at: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/ and http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ . Information is also available through the Career Services Office in Blake A.

NY State Testing Certification Exams Information

Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 must take and pass the following exams:

Initial Teaching

 

edTPA

(The edTPA will be completed during student teaching)

Educating All Students Test (EAS)
Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Content Specialty Tests (CST)

Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented (see release schedule below) will be required to take and pass the new test.

 

To register for tests and find preparation material visit: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/
For your convenience SUNY Geneseo has a Pearson testing center on campus. It's located in the basement of Erwin Hall.

Educating All Students Test (EAS) should be completed after all education coursework has been completed. It can be taken before or during student teaching. You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) Elementary Education students should wait until after block IV to take this test. Adolescence students should wait until after block III to take this test. This test can be taken before or during student teaching. You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

Content Specialty Test (CST) should be taken after the “content” has been completed. For adolescence candidates that would be when the major coursework is complete. Elementary education candidates should take the multi-subjects test(s) after the general education coursework and related requirements have been completed. The students with disabilities content test OR the early childhood content test should be taken after block V.

The CST can be taken before, during or after student teaching.

You can NOT be absent from student teaching to take a certification test.

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce that the preparation guides, along with updated test frameworks and other useful information for test preparation, are now available on the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) website at http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_prepare_opener.asp for the Content Specialty Tests (CST) listed below (in Group 1). Candidates taking one of the CST’s listed (in Group 1) below on or after September 22, 2014, must take the revised CST examination for certification.

 

 

 

CST Group 1:

Anticipated Open Registration Date – August 21, 2014

First Administration Date – September 22, 2014

 

Literacy

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=065

 

Mathematics

Preparation Materials: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_PM.asp?t=004

 

English Language Arts

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

 

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

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

 

Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood* (Grades 1-6)*

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

 

CST's for Childhood with Special Education Certification Candidates:
Students with Disabilities
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part One (221)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part Two (222)
Multisubject: Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
Candidates must pass all parts.


CST's for Early Childhood with Childhood Certification Candidates:
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part One (221)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Childhood Part Two (222)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Early Childhood Part One (211)
Multisubject: Teacher's of Early Childhood Part Two (212)
Multisubject: Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)

Candidates must pass all parts.

 

CST’s with Release Dates Still To Be Announced

CST Group 2: As they are available in Fall 2014**
Students with Disabilities

 

 

 

 

CST Group 3: As they are available in Fall 2015**
French
Spanish

CST Group 4: As they are available in Fall 2016**
Social Studies

CST Group 5: As they are available in Fall 2017**
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics

** Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented will be required to take and pass the new test.

The list above only includes CST tests for certification programs at SUNY Geneseo. To access the full list please visit:

http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp


For additional information about taskstream, certification, or our programs,
please see our Advising Newsletter:
http://www.geneseo.edu/education/student_resources

Additional Information on Test Requirements:

  • NYSTCE scores are automatically sent to the New York State department of Education.
  • For additional certification information, check: www.nysed.gov/tcert/.
  • Study guides for some parts of the NYSTCE can be ordered from the testing company and are also available in commercial bookstores.
  • Test Bulletins are available in Career Services, Blake A 104 or you may register on-line at www.nystce.nesinc.com
  • Other states may have different testing requirements. A list of State Education Departments is available in Career Services in Blake A 104
  • For additional information on new certifications standards check: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/keychangeschart.htm.