Teacher Certification Testing in New York State

Greta Siddiqui attended the State University of New York at Brockport, where she earned a bachelor of science in education. Certified in Elements of Instruction, Greta Siddiqui served in a variety of teaching roles in Rochester, New York, and Corinth, New York, before relocating out of state with her family.

Achieving passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, or NYSTCE, is one of the required steps for becoming a public school teacher in that state. The tests measure the professional knowledge of a candidate relative to a previously set standard. Each test focuses on a particular area of educational focus.

All potential teachers seeking initial licensure must pass the Liberal Arts and Science Test, a general interest examination that assesses the critical thinking, communication, and cultural-awareness knowledge of each candidate. Applicants must also pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written test at either the elementary or secondary level, as well as a Content Specialty Test in the area they wish to teach. Candidates may additionally pursue a supplementary bilingual education extension certificate, provided they pass the Bilingual Education Assessment relevant to their target language.