Individuals seeking employment in the teaching profession or educational field in New York State might first be required to take and pass one or more of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) to accomplish this goal. The following brief blog discusses the NYSTCE in greater detail.
These comprehensive exams are created to ensure that educators certified to teach in New York State possess the skill set required by the State's Education Department to instruct the children under the organization's purview. The exams are formulated and administered by the Pearson Educational Corporation and are overseen by the New York State Department of Education.
Most individuals seeking to enter the teaching profession will need to obtain their first initial teaching certification. The majority of such candidates will be nearing the completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree program in education from an accredited college or university. The first initial certification mandates that test takers receive a minimum passing score on the Educating All Students (EAS) Exam, the edTPA Test and a Content Specialty Test (CST). The CST may vary amongst teaching candidates depending upon the specific area of educational specialty he or she is aiming to achieve certification in. That said, experienced educators striving to attain an administrative position may be required to complete exams like the Communications and Quantitative Skills Test and School Leadership Assessments. In addition, prospective teaching assistants will need to pass the Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS) test.
Most NYSTCE-based tests are scheduled by appointment. However, in most cases, these exams can be administered throughout the calendar year and are typically given at testing sites across New York State.
Typically, preparation materials are available for every NYSTCE test administered. Such materials are presented in the form of study guides that give test takers an overview of the subjects each exam will cover, test frameworks that explain the content of each exam in more detail and practice tests designed to give prospective candidates an idea of each specific testâ€™s question breakdown.
More information about the NYSTCE, including the specific tests, their registration costs, how to obtain preparation materials, the minimum scores prospective candidates must achieve on each test, how a test taker can receive information about his or her score and specific test policies can be found by accessing nystce.nesinc.com.
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