Academics

Certification

Certification by the New York State Education Department is required to become eligible for a teaching position in the New York public school system. The Certification Office at Roberts Wesleyan College has a dedicated full-time Certification Coordinator who is here to assist students in all phases of the certification process throughout their academic and professional careers. This includes fingerprinting for clearance, providing verification letters to colleges and prospective employers, providing information on workshops and test preparation and out of state certification information.

Initial Certification

Students completing all program requirements and graduating from a teacher education program at Roberts will be recommended by the college to the New York State Education Department for initial certification.

The checklist below is designed to assist students working toward initial certification keep track of their progress. This checklist is not intended to replace information provided by the New York State Education Department.

  • Completion of approved teacher preparation program
  • Child Abuse Workshop
  • School Violence Prevention Workshop (SAVE)
  • Fingerprint Clearance
  • Completion of New York State Teacher Certification Exams required for each title
    • LAST exam
    • ATS-W exam
    • Content Specialty Test
    • Students with Disabilities Content Specialty Test for those seeking certification in Special Education
  • Application for certification submitted electronically to NYSED, along with payment of fee
  • College recommendation submitted to NYSED

For clarification or more information, visit the New York State Education Department TEACH website at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert.

For more information, contact the certification coordinator at Roberts Wesleyan College.

New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE)

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) is one of component of the New York State teacher examination series, and is required for all those seeking teacher certification. It consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The test assesses knowledge and skills in five areas:

  • scientific, mathematical, and technological processes
  • historical and social scientific awareness
  • artistic expression and the humanities
  • communication and research skills
  • written analysis and expression

The Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) is another component of the New York State teacher examination series required for all teacher Childhood or Early Childhood titles. It consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The test assesses professional and pedagogical knowledge at the early childhood (Birth - Grade 2) and childhood (Grades 1-6) levels, and it is divided into four sections:

  • student development and learning
  • instruction and assessment
  • the professional environment
  • instruction assessment: constructed response assignment

The Secondary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) is the New York State teacher examination series for those seeking certification in the middle or adolescence levels. It consists of mutltiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The test assesses professional and pedagogical knowledge at the middle childhood (Grades 5-9) and adolescent (Grades 7-12) levels in four sections:

  • student development and learning
  • instruction and assessment
  • the professional environment
  • instruction and assessment: constructed response assignment

The Content Specialty Test (CST) is also a component of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE). Offered in specific subjects, the CST typically consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CST's in Languages other than English and music include taped listening and/or speaking components and a written assignment. The purpose of the test is to asses knowledge and skills in the subject of the certification sought. Those seeking certification to teach students with disabilities will be required to take the Students with Disabilities CST in addition to the Multi-subject or content area CST.

For more information about the New York State Teacher Certification Examination, including online test registration, study guides, testing schedules, and more, go to www.nystce.nesinc.com.

Roberts Wesleyan College students may obtain more test information and study materials from our Certification Coordinator at teachercertification@roberts.edu.