Requirement Description

The Content Specialty Test is 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 CSTs 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 assess knowledge and skills in the subject of the certificate sought.

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Candidates must satisfactorily complete the Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7 - Grade 12) test, which has three parts. Part Two: Mathematics may be satisfied via the safety net that is available for eligible candidates through June 30, 2019 and is described at:

Note: If your Initial certificate was issued prior to 09/22/2014, this exam will not be required for the issuance of the Professional certificate.