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)


You must register for the exams online at www.nystce.nesinc.com using a credit card.  Select SUC Oswego as your report school when enrolling for the exams.


*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 Supplementary 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 Supplementary Certification program, you will not need to complete the ALST. If you hold a teaching certificate from another state, please contact NYSED.


Important Update from NYSED April 29, 2014:

Pursuant to the emergency action taken at the April Regents meeting, if a candidate applies for and meets all the requirements for an initial certificate on or before June 30, 2015 (including completing and submitting for scoring the teacher performance assessment), except the candidate does not receive a satisfactory score on the teacher performance assessment, the candidate may meet the requirements for an initial certificate, if subsequent to receiving a score for the teacher performance assessment and prior to June 30, 2015, a candidate receives a satisfactory level of performance on the written assessment of teaching skills examination in lieu of a satisfactory level of performance on the teacher performance assessment.

However, please be advised that any candidate who applies for certification on or after May 1, 2014, and fails the edTPA, will not be required to retake the ATS-W if the candidate took the ATS-W prior to April 30, 2014, and received a satisfactory passing score on the exam.

Further information about the edTPA implementation in New York State is available at: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annTPA.asp