The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) are used by the state of New York to verify that individuals pursuing teacher certification or other education-related careers have the training and knowledge needed to be effective in the roles they are pursuing.
All individuals who wish to receive certification from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) must pass the required NYSTCE tests. This is mandated by New York education law.
Types of Tests
There are a number of different kinds of tests used by the NYSED. In total, more than 90 NYSTCE exams are used to certify teachers, teaching assistants and administrators in New York State.
All teacher certification applicants are required to take the Educating All Students (EAS) exam, which evaluates their ability to work with diverse student populations, including ESL students and students with disabilities.
All individuals pursuing initial teaching certification in New York State must also pass the edTPA. This assessment requires applicants to submit a portfolio documenting time spent in the classroom during their teacher education programs.
Applicants who do not pass the edTPA can take either the Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written or the Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written up to June 30 2018.
The leadership tests include exams required for school district leaders and school district business leaders. There is also an exam for school building leaders.
Subject-specific NYSTCE tests evaluate test-takers' knowledge of their teaching areas. Applicants who plan to teach mathematics will be required to pass the mathematics exam, for example, while earning a passing score on the health education test will be necessary to become a certified health education teacher.
Some of the NYSTCE tests were developed to qualify individuals to work with specific groups of students. Student-specific tests include:
- Blind and Visually Impaired
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Gifted Education
- Students with Disabilities
The multi-subject tests are designed to ensure that individuals have the skills needed to teach students in early childhood (birth-2nd grade), childhood (grades 1-6), middle childhood (grades 5-9) or secondary school (grades 7-12).
Safety Net Tests
More than a dozen safety net tests are currently in use. These exams are older versions of tests that have recently been redeveloped. Applicants can take either version up until a certain date.
Bilingual Education Assessments (BEAs)
There are over 30 BEA tests used by New York State as part of its credentialing requirements. The NYSTCE BEA tests cover languages as varied as Farsi, Igbo and Korean and are directed at teachers seeking an extension to their teaching certificates.
In addition to the tests listed here, there is a teaching assistant test for applicants looking to fulfill that role as well as a communication and quantitative skills test that some career and technical education teachers may be required to pass.
NYSTCE Test Resources
Study.com offers several NYSTCE Review Courses in addition to the study courses linked to below. There are a number of reasons individuals should consider using these courses to prepare for their tests. These courses allow applicants to review material as quickly or as slowly as they choose. They do not have to follow a schedule, and they can access the lessons online at their convenience using a smart phone or a computer. The courses each contain hundreds of lessons, ensuring individuals have the opportunity to complete a comprehensive review of their test information.
- NYSTCE Music (075): Practice and Study Guide Course
- NYSTCE Physics (009): Practice and Study Guide Course
- NYSTCE Literacy (065): Practice and Study Guide Course
- NYSTCE Social Studies (115): Practice and Study Guide Course
- NYSTCE English Language Arts (003): Practice and Study Guide Course
- NYSTCE Health Education (073): Practice and Study Guide Course