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New exam requirements FAQs from NYSED

Below are some excerpted questions and answers from NYSED's FAQ document. The whole FAQ document is available in PDF format.

Certification Exam Requirements and Timeline

 

1. If a teacher candidate is graduating after May 1, 2014, which set of certification exams should he/she take for initial certification?


Most teacher candidates who apply for initial 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 Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), Educating All Students test (EAS), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Content Specialty Test (CST).

Please see our website (http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/certificate/certexamsl2012.html) for specific 
details on certification exam requirements.

 

2. If a teacher candidate will be graduating in May 2014, and has already taken and passed some of the old exams (i.e. the LAST or ATS-W), will he/she now need to take all of the new exams?


A candidate graduating in May will complete his/her certification requirements after May 1, 2014. Therefore, the candidate will need to pass the ALST, EAS and edTPA. If he/she passed the CST, he/she will not have to retake that exam. Therefore, for all candidates graduating after December 2013, we recommend that such candidates take the new set of examinations when they become available in September 2013.

 

3. If a SBL candidate has a permanent/professional teaching license prior to May 1, 2014 and met those requirements under the current standards, does he/she still have to take the Educating All Students test (EAS) if filing for an initial SBL certification on or after May 1, 2014?


Candidates who apply for the initial SBL certificate on or after May 1, 2014—including candidates who 
will graduate from an approved SBL preparation program on or after May 1, 2014 or candidates who apply for certification on or before April 30, 2014 but do not meet all of the requirements for an initial certificate prior to May 1, 2014— will be required to pass the new school building leader assessment and the Educating All Students test.

 

4. If a candidate is currently certified in another state, will he/she need to take the new certification exams to become certified in New York?


If a candidate is applying for either teacher or SBL certification in New York State on or after May 1, 
2014 or if he/she applied for certification in New York State but will not meet the requirements for certification prior to May 1, 2014, he/she is subject to the new certification examination requirements. However, if the candidate passed the current CST, he/she will not have to re-take that exam.

 

5. What about candidates who have already entered a Transitional B or C program using the old exams? Will they need to retake all of their exams to gain their teaching certification?


A teacher 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 his/her registered Transitional B program, on or before April 30, 2014, is required to fulfill one of the following:
• take the ATS-W and any other examination required for the provisional or initial certificate, as applicable, and/or a bilingual education extension of such certificate, as applicable, on or before April 30, 2014; or
• demonstrate 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 teacher 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.

 

6. For candidates who already have an initial teaching certificate: if they want to apply for additional certificates after May 1, 2014, will they need to take all of the new exams?


When applying for additional certificates, the only exams required are the content specialty tests in that 
certification area.

 

7. If a teacher candidate plans to apply for multiple certification areas, will he/she need to complete an edTPA in each certification area?


Candidates will only be required to complete one edTPA. Candidates will determine which edTPA to 
take, in consultation with their certification program.

 

8. Will there be an edTPA for extensions such as gifted and talented or bilingual education?


No, the edTPA is a requirement for initial certification. An additional edTPA will not be required for additional certificates or extensions.

 

9. Will the new SBL exam be required for candidates applying for their School District Leader (SDL) certificate or candidates applying for the School District Business Leader (SDBL) certificate?


The new SBL assessments do not apply for SDL. The existing School District Leader (SDL) assessment still applies for district leaders/superintendents and the existing School District Business Leader assessment applies for School District Business Leaders.

 

10. Do teacher candidates have to take all 3 tests over if they have passed the LAST and ATS-W but haven't passed the CST by May 1, 2014?


Yes, if a candidate has not passed the CST, and therefore has not met all certification requirements by May 1, 2014, he/she will need to pass the ALST, EAS and edTPA. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates who have started taking the old examinations to take and pass all of the required exams on or before April 30, 2014.

 

11. Can teacher candidates who will apply for certification on or after May 1, 2014 take the current CST, or do they need to wait for the new exams?


Candidates can take the current CST and it will be acceptable. If a candidate has not passed the current CST by the time the new CSTs are released, they will need to take the revised CST that is specific to their content area.

 

12. The multi-subject is being divided by developmental level (early childhood, childhood, middle childhood). If a middle childhood, childhood or early childhood candidate takes the current multi-subject CST but isn’t eligible for certification until after the new multi-subject CSTs are available in Spring 2014, will the candidate need to take the revised CST?


Middle childhood, childhood and early childhood candidates can take the current multi-subject CST and it will be acceptable. However, if a candidate has not passed the current multi-subject CST by the time the new CSTs are released, he/she will need to take the revised CST that is specific to his/her content area.

 

13. What CST will be required for the Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 certificate?


Students with Disabilities Generalist 7-12 candidates will need to take the Multi-Subject: Generalist (Grades 7-12) CST once it becomes available in spring 2014. They will also need to take the Students with Disabilities CST.


14. Should candidates take the tests that are currently available, or wait until the new exams come out?


The Department recommends that any candidate with an anticipated graduation date after December 2013 wait to take the new exams.

Candidates who complete all requirements for certification, including all required certification examinations prior to May 1, 2014, may take the current certification examinations. However, if for some reason a candidate does not meet all requirements for certification prior to May 1, 2014, he/she will be required to take the new certification examinations. Waiting to take the new exams will build in timeline security for candidates in case any unforeseen events arise that push back a candidate’s graduation date and/or prevent the candidate from taking and passing the old set of certification examinations.

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