Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST)
Sophomore or beginning of junior year, after completion of most of the basic liberal art and sciences courses (general education classes).
Assessment of Teaching Skills -Written (ATS-W)
The department encourages AED majors to take the ATS-W while enrolled in AED302W. If you do not achieve a passing score, you will then have your student teaching semester to re-take the ATS-W prior to your job search.
Content Specialty Test (CST)
End of junior year when you have completed the majority of your studios and all art history courses.
NYSTCE tests are scheduled across New York State four or five times each year. Please obtain a NYSTCE Registration Bulletin from the department office, the Teacher Certification Office, or the Career Development Center.
A preparation guide is available for each test in the NYSTCE program. Preparation Guides can be purchased at bookstores, or can be viewed or downloaded (at no charge) at nystce.nesinc.com. Each preparation guide contains information about the tests, test objectives, and sample questions.
Executed during the student teaching semester.
Training in the S.A.V.E., Fire and Arson, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and DASA workshops:
Training in the Child Abuse Identification workshop:
Registration forms are available in the department office (Upton Hall 402) or in the Continuing Professional Studies Office (Cleveland Hall 210).
The next level of certification is referred to as professional, which also requires three years of full-time teaching and a masters degree in a related field.
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