Required Exams for Initial Certification

Educating All Students (EAS)

Taken at the end of EDUC 365

The Educating All Students test consists of selected-response items and constructed-response items. Each constructed-response item will share scenario-based stimulus material with several selected-response items. The EAS test measures the professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to teach all students effectively in New York State public schools.

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Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)

Taken Fall of Senior Year

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 on the NYSTCE website.

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Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

To be submitted during or immediately following your student teaching semester.

edTPA™ is a nationally available teacher performance assessment developed by Stanford University. edTPA is a multiple measure assessment of teaching focused on student learning. Evidence of candidate teaching performance is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment: 3–5 lessons from a unit of instruction for one class of students. Teacher candidates submit authentic artifacts (lesson plans, video clips of instruction, student work samples) from their actual teaching during a clinical field experience. Candidates also submit commentaries that provide a rationale to support their instructional practices based on student learning strengths and needs. Candidates’ evidence is evaluated across five scoring components of teaching: Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Analysis of Teaching, and Academic Language.

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