Certification

Certification Test Requirements

About the Certification Exams

New York State certification requirements typically include one or more assessments from the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) programexternal website. The test requirements for each certificate title can be found through the Search Certification Requirements webpage. Certificates may require the:

Exceptions to the Test Requirements


Please note that individuals who are eligible for certification through the “Endorsement of a Certificate” pathway or the “National Board Certification” pathway are not required to take and pass tests. For the one-year Conditional Initial certificate, individuals need to take and pass all tests required for the Initial certificate except the edTPA.

Examination Safety Nets


Information regarding safety nets for Content Specialty Tests (CSTs), the Educating All Students test (EAS), and the edTPA can be found on the Exam Safety Nets webpage.


Test Registration and Preparation


Individuals can register for certification tests through the NYSTCE websiteexternal website. This website includes resources for all NYSTCE tests and information about test fees, schedules, locations, test design and frameworks, score reports, alternative testing arrangements, and study guides. The Office of Teaching Initiatives edTPA webpage provides information about the edTPA.


Reporting and Submitting Scores


NYSTCE test scores are automatically reported to the TEACH system on the specified score report date, even if individuals have not applied for certification yet. Individuals must request to have their edTPA scores sent to the New York State Education Department.

When registering for tests, please make sure to provide the name, date of birth, and the last five digits of your social security number that is listed in your TEACH account.    If your information does not match TEACH, you must submit a formal request to have your information changed.  

Last Updated: May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020