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Department of Secondary Education

Second Language Education Certification Requirements

In addition to degree requirements, candidates must meet the following New York State certification requirements for Initial certification:

  1. Completion of the two mandated workshops documented on the candidate's transcripts:
    Child Abuse Identification (CA);
    School Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVE).
  2. Satisfying the New York State Certification Testing requirements. For those graduating before Spring 2014, those tests include:***
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST);
    Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W);
    Content Specialty Test (CST) English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
    [For the Bilingual Extension Annotation:  Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA).]
  3. Fingerprint Clearance.

***Candidates graduating in May 2014 or after should wait for the new tests to become available before beginning testing.  For more information, please check:

Additionally, for Professional certification, the following requirements must be met:

  1. 3 years of paid, full-time Classroom Teaching experience (or 540 days of substitute teaching.)
  2. 1 year completed Mentored Experience for those teaching in public schools.