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Certification Exams


New York Teacher Certification requires at least three state exams before you can apply for initial certification considering that you have completed the necessary coursework.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
    The LAST consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. Examinees are asked to demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills, critical-thinking and communication skills, and multicultural awareness. The test covers scientific, mathematical, and technological processes; historical and social scientific awareness; artistic expression and the humanities; communication and research skills; and written analysis and expression.
  • Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W) or Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS–W)
    The Elementary ATS–W consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The Elementary ATS–W measures professional and pedagogical knowledge at the Early Childhood (birth–grade 2) and Childhood (grades 1–6) levels.
    The Secondary ATS–W consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The Secondary ATS–W measures professional and pedagogical knowledge at the Middle Childhood (grades 5–9) and Adolescence (grades 7–12) levels.
  • Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)
    The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and/or speaking components and writing components. CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate’s field of certification. Refer to “Test Selection” for information about specific CSTs.

Initial Certification Requirements for Master's Programs


The following MSED, MAED, or MM programs require proof of New York State initial teaching certification for entrance into the program.*

 Program

Type of Initial Certification 

Biology

Biology/ general science in secondary schools

 

Curriculum & Instruction

Early childhood, childhood, or adolescence (secondary)

 

English

English in secondary schools

 

Math

Math in secondary schools -or- middle childhood

 

Literacy

Early childhood, childhood, or adolescence (secondary)

 

TESOL

Approved area (tracks 1 and 2 only)

 

Music Education

Music

 

*For questions regarding meeting the requirements of initial certification for a degree program contact the Office of Student Services (716) 673-4768, Thompson Hall E259.

 

Master's Programs Leading to Certification


Master of Science in Education

 

Biology 7-12

Permanent/Professional

Curriculum & Instruction

Permanent/Professional

English 7-12

Permanent/Professional

Mathematics 7-12

Permanent/Professional

Literacy Education (Birth - 6)

Intial***

Literacy Education (5-12)

Initial***

TESOL

Initial***

 

 

Advanced Certificate

 

School Building Leadership

Initial

TESOL

Initial

 

 

Master of Arts

 

English

Permanent/Professional

 

 

Master of Music

 

Music Education K-12

Permanent/Professional

 

 

Master of Science

 

M.S. Speech Pathology

Permanent/Professional

***After completing one of these degree programs in Literacy Education and TESOL, candidates may also be eligible to apply for Professional certification in her/his area of provisional/initial certification after appropriate teaching experience has been completed. 


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