Requirement Description

New York State requires a series of examinations for certification. The tests measure knowledge and skills in the liberal arts and sciences, in teaching theory and practice, and in the content area of the certificate title.
DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS EXAM if you have applied for a certificate but WILL NOT meet all the requirements for an Initial certificate on or before April 30, 2014 OR if you apply for certification on or after May 1, 2014. For more information read Update on New Exams for Initial Certification of Teachers and School Building Leaders at

If you will complete ALL requirements prior to May 1, 2014 AND you apply and pay the application fee for this certificate by this date, read on:

The Elementary ATS-W is one component of the New York State teacher examination series. 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 and assessment: constructed response assignment

Applicants who already hold a valid New York State classroom teaching certificate (other than career and technical) are not required to take the ATSW when applying for an additional certificate.

For more information about the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, including online test registration, study guides, testing schedules, and more, go to