Certification

Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) safety Net

The Board of Regents created a safety net for certain redeveloped CSTs and the Multi-Subject Secondary Teachers (Grade 7-12).

Redeveloped CSTs Operational prior to October 2016

  • Effective October 18, 2016, the CST safety net allows candidates to take either the predecessor CST (Safety Net CST) or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2017. On June 12, 2018 the Board of Regents reinstated the Educational Technology Specialist safety net.  Effective July 1, 2018, candidates who are required to take the Educational Technology Specialist CST will again have the option of taking either the predecessor CST or the revised CST until June 30, 2019.

Redeveloped CSTs Operational after October 2016

  • The safety net allows candidates to take either the predecessor CST (Safety Net CST) or the redeveloped CST until June 30, 2019. The Safety Net CSTs will continue to be offered through June 30, 2019. Candidates will be able to register and pay for the Safety Net CST through the NYSTCE website.

Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7-12)

  • On May 8, 2018, the Board of Regents extended the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7-12) safety net until such time that the revised Part Two (mathematics) becomes operational. 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.

    If a candidate has met all requirements, 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 candidate's 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: June 18, 2018