NYSTCE Series -- New York State Teacher Certification Examination: The NYSTCE series is a group of exams created by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) that are designed to determine whether or not an individual has the knowledge necessary to be an entry-level educator in the New York public school system.
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These exams assess an individual’s general and specific teaching skills and are required in order to become a certified educator within the state of New York. The NYSTCE series includes a wide-range of exams related to specific educational topics as well as exams related to specific careers within the educational system.
NYSTCE exams cover specific topics such as art, dance, computer science, chemistry, English as a second language, English language arts, health, history, journalism, mathematics, music, physical science, social studies, and other similar topics. There are also specific exams within some of these topics intended for individuals interested in teaching certain grade levels.
Certain NYSTCE exams also cover specific professional positions within the educational system such as exams for becoming a principal, reading specialist, school counselor, and superintendent.
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- Academic Literacy Skills Test
- American Sign Language
- Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)
- Bilingual Education Assessment - Spanish
- Business and Marketing
- Communication and Quantitative Skills Test
- Earth Science
- Educating All Students (EAS) Test
- Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written
- English Language Arts
- English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Gifted Education
- Health Education
- Library Media Specialist
- Multi Subject 1-6
- Multi Subject 7-12
- NYSTCE Multi Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood
- Physical Education
- School Building Leader
- School District Leader
- Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written
- Social Studies
- Students With Disabilities
- Technology Education
- Visual Arts
Each NYSTCE exam usually consists of somewhere between 90 -- 150 multiple-choice questions, but some tests also include essays, short open-ended responses, and other similar types of questions. The exam-taker will have five hours to complete each exam session and each exam has one or two sessions depending on the exam. Most exams are only one session.
Each exam is scored on a scale of 100 -- 300 with 240 set as the minimum score considered as passing for the exam.
To register for the exam, you must receive approval from an educator preparation program, have received an approved teaching certificate from an in-state or out-of-state authority, or have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to education for grades 8 -- 12 from an approved program. In order to take the exam with a bachelor’s degree or higher, you must apply to receive a temporary teaching certificate from the SBEC. If you meet one of these three requirements, you can register with ETS online, by phone, or by mail.
The registration fee for any exam (except for the superintendent exam) is $82. The registration fee for the superintendent exam is $164.
The exact NYSTCE exams that are required in order to become a certified educator within the New York school system varies depending on the specific type of position that you are interested in pursuing. There may also be other exams and fees that are required in addition to those associated with the NYSTCE exams in order to be certified in the particular position that you are pursuing.
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