NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood

The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood is a standardized exam meant to provide certification to those who are qualified to teach children from their birth to second grade.

The exam is administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the National Evaluation System (NES). There are several NYSTCE exams, which are used by the state of New York to confirm that test takers pursuing teacher certification or careers in education have the necessary aptitude and skills to perform well in those roles. To receive certification from the NYSED, individuals must pass their required NYSED tests, per New York laws.

How Do I Register and Take the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Exam?

The NYSTCE exams are offered both as computer-administered exams and as paper-based exams. Regardless of the specific format of their exam, prospective participants must register to take the exams online.

To register, prospective participants will need to answer questions regarding their educational history, including things like their educational level, native language, the code for the New York City Department of Education program they are in, etc. (their answers to these questions will not be scored).

The NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood is offered year-round, at testing facilities around the country and throughout New York. Prospective participants can choose the specific location, date and time that best fits their schedules when they register.

The exam is divided into three parts and can cost participants different amounts of money depending on how they are taken. Part one by itself costs $65 to take, part two costs $65 and part three costs $45. If all three parts are taken together at once, the total cost will be $179. If taken by themselves, participants are given two hours to take part one, two hours and 15 minutes to take part two and one hour to take part three of the exam. If they take all three parts at once, participants are given a total of five hours and 30 minutes and will receive a 15-minute break between parts one and two.

How Is Content on this Multi Subject Exam for Teachers of Early Education Provided by NYSTCE Divided?

 The three sections of the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood cover different areas of early education and each contain a different number of questions. The content is divided as follows:

  • Part One: English Language Arts and Literacy (One constructed-response question and 40 selected-response questions)
    • Knowledge of language arts and literacy
    • Foundational literacy skills
    • English language arts instruction
    • Analysis, application and synthesis
  • Part Two: Mathematics (One constructed-response question and 40 selected-response questions)
    • Operations and numbers
    • Algebraic thinking and operations
    • Data, measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics instruction
    • Analysis, application and synthesis
  • Part Three: Sciences and Arts (40 selected-response questions)
    • Technology and science
    • Social studies
    • Health and fitness, fine arts, career development and family and consumer science

What Can I and Can I Not Bring to NYSTCE’s Early Education Exam?

Participants in the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood must bring with them one piece of up-to-date, government-issued identification in the name in which they registered, including a photograph and signature. This can include a driver’s license, passport, military identification or state identification.

As of November 12, 2018, a standard, four-function calculator will be provided on the screen during the computer-administered version of the exam. Participants will not be permitted to bring in their own, separate calculator.

Participants are not allowed to bring cell phones, handwritten or printed materials, backpacks, hats or headwear, food or drink, aids like rulers or highlighters or unauthorized medical devices to the exam.

When Will I Receive My Score for the Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood Exam Administered by NYSTCE?

For parts one and two of the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood, participants can access their score reports online on a predesignated date depending on when they take their exam. This is usually within two to six weeks following their exam date.

For part three of the exam, participants will receive preliminary results at the conclusion of their testing appointment. Their full score report will then be accessible online, usually within two to six weeks of their exam date.

Participants need to score a 520 on each section of the exam to pass them and they must pass all three sections in order to receive certification.

How Can I Get a Passing Score on the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood?

In order to get a passing score on the NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood, it is recommended that prospective participants spend the bulk of their study time reviewing the breadth of content it contains. This can be achieved by utilizing both a study guide and set of study flashcards, both provided by Mometrix Test Preparation.


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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 17, 2019