NYSTCE - New York State Teacher Certification Exams

College of Education
Office of the Dean
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State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
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(716) 673-3794 fax


Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) - Information 

Current NYSTCE Test Dates

NYSTCE Test Registration

Computer Based Testing Tutorials

Free NYSTCE Test Preparation Guides

NYSTCE Test Scores (please keep a saved or printed copy for your records)



NYSTCE Safety Nets

Any exam requirement to be satisfied by one of the safety nets must be satisfied or or before June 30, 2016.  For example, a candidate who has failed both the edTPA and the ALST may use both applicable safety nets.  However, all the requirements for the edTPA Safety Net and the ALST Safety Net must be met or or before June 30, 2016; the candidate will then have one additional year, until June 30, 2017, to complete all other requirements (ex: coursework, DASA training).

edTPA Safety Net:

Any candidate who takes and fails to receive an acceptable passing numeric score on the edTPA may take and pass the ATS-W on or before June 30, 2016 in lieu of retaking and passing the edTPA, or use the ATS-W if the ATS-W was passed prior to May 1, 2014.  Click here for more information.

Academic Literacy Skills (ALST) Safety Net:

The ALST Safety Net allows any candidate who takes and fails the ALST to submit an attestation signed by the dean or chief academic officer of their school of education, attesting that the candidate has demonstrated comparable literacy skills consistent with what would be assessed by the ALST through course completion and that the candidate received a 3.0 grade point average or higher in such coursework.  Click here for the attestation form.

Educating All Students Test (EAS) Safety Net:

A new "Safety Net Passing Score" has been established by the Board of Regents.  The Safety Net passing score for the EAS has been set to 500. The original passing score was 520. The passing status has been adjusted in TEACH for those candidates that had a score between 500 and 520. If a candidate now has a passing score based on the Safety Net passing score, the EAS exam requirement in TEACH will be checked off in the list of requirements. If a passing score on the EAS was the last requirement for certification, the certification should show as issued.  Candidates should have received revised score reports directly from the testing company.  Click here for more information.

Redeveloped Content Specialty Test (CST) Safety Net:

Safety Nets have been created for certain redeveloped CSTs (those that first became operational in September 2014). Click here for more information and for a list of CSTs covered by the Redeveloped CST Safety Net.


Students who have registered/paid for a retake may request a full refund. Students will not receive reimbursement for a test they have already taken.  Click here for more information.


Basic Certification Exam Information

Candidates applying for 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 certification on or before April 30, 2014 will need to meet the revised New York State certification requirements.


Certification Updates


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