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Requirements for Graduation and Teacher Certification

Prior to a student’s final semester at Medaille College, a meeting is held for students who are expected to complete program requirements and apply for a teaching certificate. The meeting outlines the procedure for applying for both New York State and Province of Ontario teaching certificates. For additional help or answers to certification questions, contact Crystal Elias at Crystal.A.Elias@medaille.edu.

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.

Teacher Certification 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). Please review the NYS Recommendation Form Instructions before completing the NYS Recommendation Form for your specific program.

NYS Recommendation Form Instructions

http://mavsweb.medaille.edu/studentteach/

 
Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Application/Instructions
Information on registering with and applying to the Ontario College of Teachers

 

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations™ (NYSTCE®)

 

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 BEFORE 4/30/2014 are required to pass the following exams (with a minimum score of 220):

  • LAST
  • ATS-W
  • CST in their content area
    • BSED and MSED Elemtary Education students wil 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

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 throughout the year.  Computer based examinations are offered at a higher price, but allow for greater flexibility in testing dates and location.  For exam schedules, registration, locations and fees, visit the NYSTCE website, www.nystce.nesinc.com.

Any student who has not passed all of the above listed exams and obtained their certificate by 4/30/2014, will be required to take the new exams as listed below.

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