Certification

Update on New Exams for Initial Certification of Teachers and School Building Leaders

At the December 2012 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved the regulation for the new testing requirements for the initial certification of teachers and school building leaders. Read the December 2012 Regents item pdf

At its September 2013, the New York State Board of Regents approved a change in the examination requirement for the Initial and Professional Career and Technical fields, School District Leader certificate, Initial Education Technology Specialist and the Initial Speech and Language Disabilities certificates. Read the September 2013 Regents item pdf

  1. Initial Certificates for Teachers in all fields other than Education Technologist Specialist, Speech and Language Disabilities and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  2. Initial Certificates for Education Technologist Specialist Teachers
  3. Initial Certificates for Speech and Language Disabilities Teachers
  4. STEM Pathway Certification Candidates
  5. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option A
  6. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option B
  7. Candidates Applying for Transitional B or C Certificates
  8. Candidates Applying for an Initial after holding a Transitional B Certificates
  9. Transitional G Candidates
  10. Transitional G Candidates
  11. School Building Leader Candidates

  1. Initial Certificates for Teachers in all fields other than Education Technologist Specialist, Speech and Language Disabilities and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
    Candidates who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, will need to pass the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written), and the CST in the area of the certificate on or before April 30, 2014. Instead of meeting the old examination requirements, a candidate applying for certification on or before April 30, 2014 may achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the new set of examinations (edTPA, EAS, ALST, CST). Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests.

    Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will be required to pass the edTPA, EAS, ALST, and CST.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

     

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

     

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

    Educating All Students Test

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

     

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test in the area of the Certificate (CST)

    Revised Content Specialty Test in the Area of the Certificate (CST)

     

    Content Specialty Test in the area of the Certificate (CST)

    Content Specialty Test in the Area of the Certificate (CST)



  2. Initial Certificates for Education Technologist Specialist Teachers
    Candidates who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, will need to pass the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written), and the CST in the area of the certificate on or before April 30, 2014. Instead of meeting the old examination requirements, a candidate applying for certification on or before April 30, 2014 may achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the new set of examinations ( EAS, ALST, CST). Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests.

    Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will be required to pass the EAS, ALST, and CST.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

     

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

     

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

     

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist

    Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist

     

    Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist

     Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist


  3. Initial Certificates for the Speech and Language Disabilities Teachers
    Candidates who have completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014, will need to pass the LAST (Liberal Arts and Sciences Test), the ATS-W (Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written), and the CST in the area of the certificate on or before April 30, 2014. Instead of meeting the old examination requirements, a candidate applying for certification on or before April 30, 2014 may achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the new set of examinations ( EAS, ALST, CST). Candidates will not be permitted to mix and match examinations from the old and new tests.

    Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, will be required to pass the EAS, ALST, and CST.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

     

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

     

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

     

    Praxis exam - Speech

    Praxis exam - Speech

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

     

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test


  4. STEM Pathway Certification Candidates
    Any candidate seeking an initial certificate in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or in a closely related field as determined by the Department in grades 7-12 and who is applying for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who has completed all other requirements for initial certification under such section on or before April 30, 2014 is only required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the LAST.

    Any candidate seeking an initial certificate in earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or in a closely related field as determined by the Department in grades 7-12 and who is applying for an initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who applied for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but did not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall only be required to pass the EAS and ALST.

  5. Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

     

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

     

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

     

    Educating All Students Test

     

     

    Educating All Students Test


  6. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option A
    Candidates who have completed an associate’s degree and have two years work experience in a field related to their certification are eligible to apply for certification under the Option A pathway. A candidate who has completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the ATS-W on or before April 30, 2014 or achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and EAS.

    A candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the edTPA and EAS. However, the Department is currently considering future amendments to the regulation to allow candidates to pass the ATS-W until the edTPA is available.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

     

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for
    Professional Certificate

    Option A

    Option A

     

    Option A

    Option A

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio) (when available)

    Content Specialty Test  - Not Available (N/A)

     

    Content Specialty Test  - Not Available (N/A)

     

     

     

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  


















  7. Initial Certificates in CTE Fields - Option B
    Candidates who have a high school diploma and four years work experience in a field related to their certificate are eligible to apply for certification under the Option B pathway. A candidate who has completed all requirements for initial certification on or before April 30, 2014 and who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST) and ATS-W on or before April 30, 2014 or submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the CQST, edTPA and EAS.

    A candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to pass the CQST, edTPA and EAS. However, the Department is currently considering future amendments.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Option B

    Option B

    Option B

    Option B

    Communication and Quantitative Skill Test - CQST

    Communication and Quantitative Skill Test - CQST

    Communication and Quantitative Skill Test - CQST

    Communication and Quantitative Skill Test - CQST

    Content Specialty Test - N/A

    Content Specialty Test - N/A

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio) (when available)

    Educating All Students Test

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test























  8. Candidates Applying for Transitional B or C Certificates
    A candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014 and who meets all the requirements for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014, is required to take the LAST and the CST in the area of the certificate, where such CST is required for the certificate title on or before April 30, 2014. Successful completion of the CST in the area of the certificate shall not be required for the Transitional B certificate authorizing the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, students with disabilities, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired, or students with speech and language disabilities, or for an extension of a Transitional B certificate in bilingual education. Instead, the candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on a CST prescribed by the Commissioner.

    A candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or a candidate who applies for a Transitional B or C certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for a Transitional B or C certificate on April 30, 2014 is required to pass the ALST, EAS, and the CST in the area of the certificate, where such CST is required for the certificate title. Successful completion of the CST in the area of the certificate shall not be required for the Transitional B certificate authorizing the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, students with disabilities, students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, students who are blind or visually impaired, or students with speech and language disabilities, or for an extension of a Transitional B certificate in bilingual education. Instead, the candidate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on a CST prescribed by the Commissioner or a teaching certificate in the classroom teaching service.
  9. English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Any Content Specialty Test

    Content Specialty Test as Prescribed by the Commissioner

    Educating All Students Test

    Educational Technology Specialist

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Educating All Students Test

    Students with Disabilities

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Any Content Specialty Test

    Content Specialty Test as Prescribed by the Commissioner

    Content Specialty test for Content Area of Certification - Not SWD

    Content Specialty test for Content Area of Certification - Not SWD

    Educating All Students Test

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Any Content Specialty Test

    Content Specialty Test as Prescribed by the Commissioner

    Educating All Students Test

    Blind and Visually Impaired

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Any Content Specialty Test

    Content Specialty Test as Prescribed by the Commissioner

    Educating All Students Test

    Speech and Language Disabilities

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Any Content Specialty Test

    Educating All Students Test

    Transitional B Students - For all certificates other than those listed above

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Educating All Students Test

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)


  10. Transitional B Candidates Applying for Initial Certification
    Candidates for certification via the Transitional B (“alternative”) pathway would be subject to the following requirements. A candidate who applies for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, and who has completed all other requirements for an initial certificate or who has completed all requirements for an initial certificate except completion of their registered Transitional B program, on or before April 30, 2014, is required to take the ATS-W and any other examination required for the  initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable, on or before April 30, 2014 or a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the  initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

    A candidate who applies for an initial certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or who applies for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

  11. Educational Technology Specialist

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test- Educational Technology Specialist

    Content Specialty Test- Educational Technology Specialist

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

     

    Students with Disabilities

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test- Students with Disabilities

    Content Specialty Test- Students with Disabilities

    Content Specialty test for Content Area of Certification - Not SWD

    Content Specialty test for Content Area of Certification - Not SWD

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test- Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Content Specialty Test- Deaf and Hard of Hearing

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

    Speech and Language Disabilities

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Any Content Specialty Test

     

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    None

    Transitional B Students - For all certificates other than those listed above

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Educating All Students Test

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)



  12. Transitional C Candidates Applying for Professional Certification
    Candidates for certification via the Transitional C (“alternative”) pathways would be subject to the following requirements. A candidate who applies for a professional certificate on or before April 30, 2014, and who has completed all other requirements for an professional certificate or who has completed all requirements for an professional certificate except completion of their registered Transitional B program, on or before April 30, 2014, is required to take the ATS-W and any other examination required for the professional certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable, on or before April 30, 2014 or a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

    A candidate who applies for a professional certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or who applies for a professional certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for a professional certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the edTPA and any other examination required for the professional certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable.

  13. Transitional C Students - other Than Educational technology Specialist

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

    Content Specialty Test- in the area of the certificate

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

    Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

    Transitional C Students - Educational Technology Specialist

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  

    Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist

    Content Specialty Test (CST) Education Technologist Specialist

     

    Educating All Students Test

    Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

     


  14. Transitional G Candidates
    A candidate applying for a Transitional G certificate (only available to individuals who hold a graduate degree and are college professors) on or before April 30, 2014 and who meets all the requirements for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 is required to pass the LAST on or before April 30, 2014 or achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the ALST.

    A candidate who applies for a Transitional G certificate on or after May 1, 2014 or who applies for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 but does not meet all the requirements for a Transitional G certificate on or before April 30, 2014 will be required to pass the ALST.

  15. Transitional G

    Current Exams for Transitional Certificate

    New Exams for Transitional Certificate

    Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

    Academic Literacy Skills Test  


  16. School Building Leader Candidates
    A candidate applying for a school building leader certificate shall submit evidence of having achieved a satisfactory level of performance on the New York State assessment for school building leadership. In addition, for candidates applying for certification on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but do not meet all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014, shall also achieve a satisfactory level of performance on the EAS.

    Current Exams for Initial Certificate

    New Exams for Initial Certificate

    Current Exams for Professional Certificate

    New Exams for Professional Certificate

    School Building Leader Exam (Written) 2008 version

    School Building Leader Exam (Including Performance Assessment) Sept 2013 version

    School Building Leader Exam (Written) 2008 version

    School Building Leader Exam (Including Performance Assessment) Sept 2013 version

    Educating All Students Test

    Educating All Students Test


Last Updated: September 4, 2014