Update on New Exams for Initial Certification of Teachers and School Building Leaders

Candidates applying for certification on or after May 1st, 2014 will be required to take certain new exams.

At the February 2012 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved a change to the implementation schedule for the

new testing requirements for the initial certification of teachers.

NYSTCE web page    http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp

Current Exams 

Assessment of Teaching Skills – Written (ATS-W)

Liberal Arts And Science Test (LAST)

Content Specialty Tests (CST)

New Exams

Teacher Performance Assessment (Portfolio)

Educating All Students Test

Academic Literacy Skills Test

Revised Content Specialty Tests

Finger Printing


All teachers must be fingerprinted. There are several venues for having this done.

Do your homework and find the one that is most economical for you.

Failure to have this done on time will cause your certification to be delayed.


You will need to attend 3 additional workshops for certification.

Project SAVE Safe School Against Violence in Education,

Child Abuse Child Abuse Identification and Reporting, and DASA Dignity for

All Students Act.

You must register and pay a fee for these workshops.

Check your department for more information

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