Important NYSTCE Exams

Initial Certification in New York State

Candidates applying for Initial Teacher Certification or SBL/SDL Certification or graduating on or after May 1st, 2014 are required to take these exams.

State Mandated Assessments
Teacher * edTPA
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
** Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
Revised Content Specialty Tests (CST)
School Building Leader School Building Leader Exam (SBL) (Including Performance Assessment)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)
School District Leader (Professional certification) School District Leader Exam (SDL)
Educating All Students Test (EAS)

*If you already hold a valid New York State Initial Teacher Certification in another area (e.g., Adolescence Education Mathematics) and you are completing a 2nd Initial Certification program (e.g., Literacy Education, Grades 5-12), you will not need to complete the edTPA. If you hold a teaching certificate from another state, please contact NYSED.

** If you already hold a valid New York State Initial Teacher Certification in another area and you are completing a 2nd Initial Certification program, you will not need to complete the ALST. If you hold a teaching certificate from another state, please contact NYSED.

If you have completed your requirements on or before April 30, 2014 OR are applying via the Individual Evaluation pathway, please see the NYSED website for more information.