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Early Childhood & Childhood Education

NYS State Certification Information

Required NYS Tests for Initial Birth-Grade 6 Certification:

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  1. Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)

    • Recommend taking at some point after Methods I
    • Selected- and constructed-response questions involve analyzing and responding to complex literary & informational texts
    • 3.5 hr. computer-based test, self-scheduled at a test center
    • Fee: $131

  2. Educating All Students (EAS) Test

    • Recommend taking during Methods 3 (or after SPE350 Inclusive Classrooms). EDI399 Working with English Language Learners is a 1-credit course that can help you prepare for this exam
    • Covers diverse student populations; English language learners; students with disabilities & special learning needs; teacher responsibilities; and school-home relationships
    • 2.25 hr. computer-based test, self-scheduled at a test center
    • Fee $102

  3. A. Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST) for Birth-Grade 2
    B. Multi-Subject Content Specialty Test (CST) for Grades 1-6

    • Recommend taking at end of Methods 3 or during Student Teaching
    • Three parts to each test; the third part is common to both tests
    • All parts are computer-based, and self-scheduled at a test center
    • Fee varies depending on how many parts of each test you take on the same day

  4. edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

    • Multiple-measure portfolio assessment which evaluates pre-service teachers’ readiness to teach
    • Will include videotaped lessons from Student Teaching semester
    • Details and preparatory material on Blackboard (edTPA community)
    • Fee approximately $300

 

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