New York State Teacher Certification Examinations
For more information about the certification exams in general, you may access a helpful webinar produced by the CUNY (City University of New York) Office of Academic Affairs as part of the CUNY Teacher Education Preparation series, which include short videos (ranging in duration from 12-16 minutes) about important topics related to certification, which we have posted throughout our Certification section.
New York State Certification Exams 101
We are grateful to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs for allowing us to share these resources with our candidates at Pace University.
For more information on the new teacher certification exams from the New York State Education Department, please visit the NYSTCE website. You may access NYSTCE Preparation guides and materials (for all exams, new and old) from New York State here.
Computer-Based Tests (CBTs) require that you complete all features and sections of an examination on a computer within a test center Exams required for certification, including the ALST, EAS and all subject CSTs are now solely offered as computer-based tests. The NYSTCE uses Pearson VUE to administer and manage the exams needed for certification.
The following references and resources may help you prepare for successful completion of these exams in this format.
Before you register for exams, you will want to find a testing location and learn more about the computer-based testing platform.
Helpful Tips and Information
- Registration for all exams is on a first-come, first-served basis, with exam appointments scheduled for Mondays-Saturdays. Registering for exams as early as possible is recommended—plan accordingly to what best fits your schedule. Click here for information from the NYSCTE Program about registering for exams online.
- What to expect. This tutorial from the NYSTCE Web site was created to allow you to become more comfortable with the layout and format of CBTs. It includes important information about navigating through the exams, flagging questions for review, and ending your exam. This document (PDF) outlines features and general directions for CBTs.
On The Day of Your Exam
- Arrive early. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled test time.
- If you arrive 15 minutes later than your scheduled test time, you may be denied admission to the test.
- If you miss the exam, you will not get a refund of the test fee.
- Bring current identification that includes your photo and signature. Your identification must match your registration name. For example, if your identification includes a middle name or initial, you must register with that name exactly. Examples of identification: Driver’s license, State ID issued by a DMV, National ID, Military ID, Alien Registration Card (green card, permanent resident visa)
- Please read this list of items that you may NOT bring with you into the exams at the test site.
- This information will help you understand procedures to follow during and after your exam at the test site.
Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) measure the knowledge and skills in the content area of your field of certification. The CSTs, except for those languages other than English, consists 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.
Preparation guides, frameworks, and other resources are available from the New York State Education Department website.
The Educating All Students (EAS) exam measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge skills necessary to teach all students--diverse student populations, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities—in New York State. The exam includes constructed-response items that share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items.
- Register on the NYSTCE Website
- Access EAS exam preparation materials from the NYSTCE exam
- The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cICU) has posted webinars and other videos (via Symbaloo Webmix) to support candidate preparation for the EAS exam.
What is EDTPA?
Stanford University and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) formed a partnership to develop and share edTPA, formerly the Teacher Performance Assessment. Designed by teachers and teacher educators to support candidate learning and provide data that supports preparation programs growth and renewal. Aligned with Common Core and other standards, edTPA assesses teaching behaviors that focus on student learning. edTPA can be integrated with other teacher candidate assessments such as clinical evaluations, GPA, and content knowledge examinations to inform program completion decisions or as a metric for licensure. edTPA is a summative portfolio or capstone assessment to evaluate a teaching candidate's readiness to teach. It is also a source of evidence for program review, teacher certification, and/or state and national accreditation.
The ATS-W is the edTPA Safety Net for eligible candidates that had their student teaching directly impacted by COVID-19. If you graduated prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 you are NOT eligible for the Safety Net and must complete the edTPA as an unaffiliated candidate (support flyer (PDF)). Taking the ATS-W without meeting the NYSED safety net eligibility requirements will not exempt you from the edTPA requirement.
EDTPA Basic Information, Registration and Preparation
For detailed preparation guidelines, access our “edTPA/Certification Community” on Classes. If you are having difficulty accessing this community, please contact the appropriate Director of School Partnerships for your campus:
New York City
EDTPA Submission Instructions
Whether you are submitting your portfolio to the edTPA website at an upload party or managing it all on your own, you will need to be sure that you have the following ready to go:
- In Classes—access to the edTPA handbook for your content area
- All of your edTPA files completed and available on a flash drive
- Know the last 5 digits of your social security number
There Are Basically Four Steps to Submitting Your EDTPA For Scoring:
- Create an account and get your Authorization Key. Register Your Account
- Submit your edTPA materials.
- Verify your submission
- When you have successfully submitted your edTPA, you will receive an email confirmation. Please forward this email to your instructor.
The following information is intended to guide candidates who are either unaffiliated with an Education Preparation Program or affiliated with an EPP that is not participating in edTPA, but plan to teach in a state that requires edTPA for licensure. If you have graduated from Pace SOE without completing the edTPA you are considered an unaffiliated candidate.
For general questions, please contact the SOE Office at (914) 773-3829