Certification

Multi-Subject Teachers (Grade 7 - Grade 12) Safety Net

At its April 2016 meeting, the Board of Regents, by emergency regulation, extended the safety nets for the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), Educating All Students test (EAS), edTPA, certain redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) and the new Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 Content Specialty Test. Read the April 2016 Regent Items.

Information regarding the creation of the Safety Net for Candidates who take and fail Part Two: Mathematics of the new Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 Content Specialty Test which is required for Students with Disabilities – Grades 7-12 - Generalist Teacher Certification can be found at: Link to the Regents item: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/116hea3.pdf

In order to be eligible for the safety net, a candidate must pass Part One (Literacy and English Language Arts) and Part Three (Arts and Sciences) of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 CST then take and fail Part Two (Mathematics) of the CST, complete a mathematics tutorial that will be provided to candidates who qualify and then candidates will receive an attestation form to attest that they have completed at least one college mathematics course (3 semester hours), in which they demonstrated comparable skills to what is required by this test and received a grade of 3.0 or higher or the substantial equivalent in that course.

The tutorial is intended to review mathematics lessons aligned to the New York State Learning Standards for mathematics comparable to the content on Part Two of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12 test. The tutorial also prompts candidates to answer certain questions to review the skills needed to prepare them for the math portion of the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers Grade 7 - Grade 12.

Upon completion of the mathematics tutorial, candidates will receive an attestation form to attest that they have completed at least one college mathematics course (3 semester hours), in which they demonstrated comparable skills to what is required by this test and received a grade of 3.0 or higher or the substantial equivalent in that course. A copy of the transcript, with the course(s) that fulfilled the requirement circled, must be submitted with the completed attestation form to the Office of Teaching Initiatives on or before June 30, 2017.

The safety nets will be effective through June 30, 2017. If necessary, candidates may take advantage of multiple safety nets in order to meet the requirements for certification and will have until June 30, 2018, one year later, to meet all other certification requirements.
If a candidate has met all requirements for certification by June 30, 2018 except the use of one or more of the safety nets and the certificate has not issued, send an email to examsafetynet@nysed.gov, with the candidates first and last name, the last four digits of the social security number and the date of birth and request that the safety net(s) be applied. We will then review the candidate’s application.

Last Updated: May 11, 2016