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NYS Certification Exams: Overview

Required NYS Tests for Initial Birth-Grade 6 Certification


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 $92

Multi-Subject Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)  for Birth-Grade 2 AND Grades 1-6

  • Recommend taking at end of Methods 3 or during Student Teaching
  • Assesses content knowledge in multiple subject areas, and is aligned with the NYS learning standards
  • Computer-based, and self-scheduled at a test center
  • Each test has three parts, but the third part is common to both tests, and only needs to be taken once
  • Fee varies depending on which version/how many parts of each test you take on the same day


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


    More information, including test dates and locations, at www.nystce.nesinc.com