ALERT:  Candidates graduating in May 2014 or later should wait for more information regarding the new exams to be available before taking any NYSTCE exam other than the Content Specialty Test (CST). 
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Please select SUC Buffalo State (#735) as your reporting school when enrolling for these exams.

All teacher candidates are required to take a series of exams as part of their requirements to become certified to teach in New York State. The NYSTCE exam series is designed to insure that certified teachers have the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher in the New York State public schools.  Teacher candidates will not become  NYS certified without a passing score on all the necessary exams.

Effective February 2, 2004 individuals seeking an Initial New York State teaching certificate must achieve qualifying scores on the following set of assessments:

  • LAST - Liberal Arts and Sciences Test
  • ATS-W - Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written, the elementary or the secondary version
  • CST - Content Specialty Test in the content area of the certification. (For example if you are seeking to be certified in English 7-12 you will take the CST for English. If you are seeking to be certified in any area of Elementary Education K-6, you will take the Multi-Subject CST.) *Those applying for Speech and Hearing Handicapped do not need the CST portion of these exams.

When should you take these exams? 

Once you have met all the requirements for Initial Certification, you will not need any further testing to obtain your Professional Certificate.

You must register for the exams online at www.nystce.nesinc.com using a credit card.
Remember to select SUC Buffalo (#735) as your reporting school when you sign up.