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Certification Requirements

Mandatory Training

All candidates for teacher certification will complete a State-mandated two-hour training lecture on recognizing and reporting child abuse or neglect. Group sessions will be provided on campus, or students may take the training from social service agencies or hospitals. This is not a credit course and evidence of training must be documented.

Schools Against Violence in Education Act

In addition to completing other College and certification requirements, all students will complete two hours of course work or training in school violence and prevention. They will receive a list of approved providers and/or institutions that offer the course work or training.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

For students graduating through December 2013: Prospective Early Childhood & Childhood teachers (B-6) are required to achieve passing scores on the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), the Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) for the initial certificate.

For students graduating May 2014 and after:  Prospective Early Childhood & Childhood teachers (B-6) are required to achieve passing scores on the ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test); EAS (Educating All Students); CST (Content Specific Test) Multi-Subject for Birth-Grade 2, and Multi-Subject for Grades 1-6; and the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) for the initial certificate.