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Important Changes to NYS Certification-Updated

December 13, 2013


Candidates graduating after April 30, 2014 OR applying for certification after April 30, 2014 OR completing requirements after April 30, 2014 are required to take the new NY State Teacher Certification Examinations. These include the Academic Language Skills Test, the Educating All Students Test, one or more Content Specialty Tests, and a video and written performance assessment, the edTPA.

Candidates are urged to strive to pass the edTPA before graduation, since this entails a video of your teaching in an actual classroom, with accompanying material. Candidates will complete the edTPA during student teaching and completion after that will be increasingly difficult.

Anyone graduating in FALL 2013 or earlier is under the CURRENT regulations. You will have until April 30, 2014 to complete the exams and the current certification requirements, if you haven't done so at the time of graduation. If you apply for certification and satisfy the requirements before May 1, 2014, you will use the CURRENT exams, no performance assessment required. 

If you have not satisfied certification and examination requirements by May 1, 2014, you will be required to pass the new exams, whether or not you have passed the current ones.


If you already hold a valid New York State initial or professional certificate, you will not be required to complete the edTPA, as far as we are aware of at this time.

Candidates for School Building Leader, after May 1, 2014, must successfully complete the new CST and the EAS.

You may take and pass the Content Specialty Test(s) in your area(s) at any time. You do not need to wait for the revised version; any version will be valid.

Test dates for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 are very limited, including even the computer-based exams. Plan to take the exams as soon as you are prepared and register early! Information at


For all candidates for certification after December 31, 2013, New York State will require the completion of a 6-hour workshop on Bullying, Harassment, Cyberbullying and related topics, under the "Dignity for All Students Act" passed by the New York State Legislature. Those graduating in Fall 2013 will be subject to this requirement.

We will provide information on how this may be accomplished as soon as it becomes available. Manhattanville College has applied to become and approved provider of the "DASA" training. Again, details will be made available as soon as possible.


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