NYS Certification Requirements

To receive Initial Teaching Certification, New York State requires:

  • The candidate must pass the Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST), which is an examination of the candidate’s background in the liberal arts, science and mathematics.

  • The candidate must pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), which is an evaluation of methods, strategies, learning and teaching techniques, assessment and pedagogical theories and concepts.

  • The candidate must pass the Content Specialty Test, which is an examination of the candidate’s background in his/her chosen academic area.

  • The candidate must complete a workshop on child abuse.

  • The candidate must complete a workshop on school violence.

  • The candidate must be fingerprinted and the report must be sent to the New York State Education Department.

  • The candidate must be recommended as having satisfactorily completed the College’s New York State approved program in the respective discipline.

Note

The candidate must use the online TEACH system to submit the application for Initial Teaching Certification to the New York State Education Department’s Office of Teaching, through St. Joseph’s College’s Department of Education, along with the required application fee.

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