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Medaille College offers education programs that lead to institutional recommendations in a variety of New York State teaching certificates/ The Office of Student Teaching & Certification is committed to offering assistance to our students and graduates to help navigate the certification process. While we are glad to offer our expertise, please remember that certification is the responsibility of the individual student or graduate.

As of May 1, 2014, New York State has changed the certification guidelines and requirements http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/NY_annProgramUpdate.asp. Dr. Lane, Head of the Division of Education, has offered this letter to help graduates who did not complete the certification mandates by the May 1, 2014 deadline.

New York State Teacher Certification Exams

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools.

 

Fingerprinting

All student teachers applying for the New York State Teaching Certificate are required to be fingerprinted. Details concerning the process can be found at the New York State Teacher Certification web site.

Students will need to complete the fingerprinting application through their TEACH account. After the application has been paid for, New York State will send the fingerprinting cards to the student’s home address. Once the fingerprinting cards are received, students may schedule an appointment with Sue Lowrey (susan.m.lowrey@medaille.edu or 716-932-2623) to have the fingerprints inked on the cards.

 

Requirements for Graduation and Teacher Certification

Refer to your specific program for the graduation and certification requirements.

 

Certification Recommendation Forms

In order to be recommended by Medaille College for a NYS Teaching Certificate, each student must complete and submit the recommendation form for their specific certification area(s).

BSED Early Childhood/Childhood Education (complete and submit both pages)

BSED Adolescent Education & Students with Disabilities (complete and submit both pages)

MSED Adolescent Education

MSED Elementary Education

MSED Literacy Birth-Grade 6

MSED Literacy Grade 5-12

MSED Literacy Birth–Grade 12 (complete and submit both pages)

MSED Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6

MSED Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12

 

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Application/Instructions 

Information on registering with and applying to the Ontario College of Teachers

NYSTCE® Certification

 

Prospective New York State teachers must pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving state certification. The explicit purpose of these tests is to help identify for certification those candidates who have demonstrated the appropriate level of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the responsibilities of an educator in New York State public schools.

Students applying for NYS certification AFTER 4/30/2014 are required to pass the following exams:

  • EAS (Educating All Students)
  • ALST (Academic Literacy Skills Test)
  • CST (Content Specialty Test) in their content area
    • BSED and MSED Elementary Education students will take the CST: Multi-Subject exam
    • BSED Adolescent students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities AND the CST in their content area (example:  Math, English, Biology, Social Studies)
    • MSED Adolescent students will take the CST in their content area (example:  Biology, Chemistry, French, Social Studies, English, or Math)
    • MSED Students with Disabilities students will take the CST in Students with Disabilities
    • MSED Literacy students will take the CST in Literacy
  • edTPA (Educational Teacher Performance Assessment)
    • This exam will be completed during the student teaching experience.

You may choose to take the exams in either a paper based format or a computer based format.  Paper based examinations are typically offered eight Saturdays in Buffalo and/or surrounding areas throughtout the year.  Computer based examinations are offered at a higher price, but allow for greater flexibility in testing dates and locations.  For exam schedules, registration, locations and fees, visit the NYSTCE website, www.nystce.nesinc.com.

NYSTCE Updates Regarding Paper Based Exam Options

Effective September 1, 2013, the following NYSTCE tests will be offered as computer based tests ONLY.  They will no longer be offered as a paper-based tests:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
  • Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W)
  • Secondary ATS-W
  • English Language Arts CST
  • Multi-Subject CST
  • Social Studies CST
  • Students with Disabilities CST
  • Assessment of Teaching Assistant Skills (ATAS)

NYSTCE® Preparation

There are numerous options to help you prepare for the NYSTCE® exams, including study guides in PDF format on the NYSTCE® website. Other options include:

  • Purchase NYSTCE® study guides, i.e., Barron’s, Kaplan, XAM, and other sources
  • Preparation courses in NYC
  • Paid tutoring by interested faculty members
  • Form small study groups