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Exams

All candidates must register, take, and pass all the required New York State Teacher Certification Exams.  The cost for the exams are incurred by the candidate. For information regarding current exam requirements, test dates, test framework, costs associated with each exam, please go to: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/.  

Early Childhood and Childhood Education

Educating All Students test (EAS) - should be completed after all education coursework (including student teaching) has been completed. The test content for the EAS includes the following:

  • Diverse Student Populations
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs
  • Teacher Responsibilities
  • School-Home Relationships

Content Specialty Tests (CST) - as dual certification candidates, both CSTs listed below must be taken after education coursework (including student teaching) has been completed:

  1. Multi-subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 2)
  2. Multi-subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grades 1-6)

Each version of the Multi-Subject Test contains three parts:

Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts

Part Two: Mathematics

Part Three: Arts and Sciences

Please note: Candidates may register to take all three parts at the same time or may register to take each part separately.  However, it is less expensive to register for all three parts at the same time.  Also, Part Three of the test is the same for both exams.  Candidates only need to take and pass Part Three once.  All parts must be passed.

edTPA - The edTPA is a performance-based exam that will be completed during student teaching.  Candidates completing the Early Childhood and Childhood Education program may choose to complete the Early Childhood edTPA or either of the Elementary Education edTPAs.  For more information, please go to: https://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_NewYork.html.

“edTPA is a subject-specific assessment… that requires candidates to prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience.  The portfolio demonstrates candidates’ readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective.” (http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq)

Childhood with Special Education

Educating All Students test (EAS) - should be completed after all education coursework (including student teaching) has been completed. The test content for the EAS includes the following:

  • Diverse Student Populations
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs
  • Teacher Responsibilities
  • School-Home Relationships

Content Specialty Tests (CST) - as dual certification candidates, both CSTs listed below must be taken after education coursework (including student teaching) has been completed:

  1. Students with Disabilities
  2. Multi-subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grades 1-6)  The Multi-Subject Test contains three parts:
    •     Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts
    •     Part Two: Mathematics
    •     Part Three: Arts and Sciences

Please note: Candidates may register to take all three parts at the same time or may register to take each part separately.  However, it is less expensive to register for all three parts at the same time. All parts must be passed.

edTPA - The edTPA is a performance-based exam that will be completed during student teaching.  Candidates completing the Childhood with Special Education program may choose to complete the Students with Disabilities - Grades 1-6 edTPA or either of the Elementary Education edTPAs.  For more information, please go to: https://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_NewYork.html.

“edTPA is a subject-specific assessment… that requires candidates to prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience.  The portfolio demonstrates candidates’ readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective.” (http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq)

Adolescence Education

Educating All Students test (EAS) - should be completed after all education coursework (including student teaching) has been completed. The test content for the EAS includes the following:

  • Diverse Student Populations
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities and Other Special Learning Needs
  • Teacher Responsibilities
  • School-Home Relationships

Content Specialty Tests (CST) - candidates will need to register for the CST in the content area for the certification they are seeking.  The exam should be completed after completing major (content area) coursework.

edTPA - The edTPA is a performance-based exam that will be completed during student teaching.  Candidates will complete the edTPA in the content area for the certification they are seeking.  For more information, please go to: https://www.edtpa.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_NewYork.html.

“edTPA is a subject-specific assessment… that requires candidates to prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience.  The portfolio demonstrates candidates’ readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students' strengths and needs; engage real students in ambitious learning; analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective.” (http://edtpa.aacte.org/faq)

Additional Information on Test Requirements:

  • NYSTCE scores are automatically sent to the New York State Department of Education.
  • For additional certification information, check: http://www.highered.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.
  • Other states may have different testing requirements. A list of State Education Departments is available in Career Development in Erwin 116