NYSTCE Testing Program Update

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Board of Regents in May 2010 approved the initiative to revise the Content Specialty Tests (CSTs).

Test Redevelopment Schedule updated 8/12/2015

The following non-regulatory guidance is subject to revision throughout the redevelopment process. Please consult this page frequently for updates to this guidance.

Test Field Frameworks Posted Test Operational Date New Test Is Required
CST Group 1:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Library Media Specialist
Literacy
Mathematics
Multi-Subject
Physical Education
Fall 2014 September 2014 Required for all candidates taking a Group 1 CST on or after September 22, 2014*
CST Group 2:
Agriculture
Business and Marketing
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Educational Technology Specialist
Family and Consumer Sciences
Gifted Education
Students with Disabilities
Fall 2014 September 2014 Required for all candidates taking a Group 2 CST on or after September 22, 2014*
CST Group 3:
Blind and Visually Impaired
Technology Education
Spring 2015 Fall 2015 As they are available in fall 2015*
CST Group 4a:
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Social Studies
Winter 2015 (draft) Fall 2016 As they are available in fall 2016*
CST Group 4b:
American Sign Language
Cantonese
French
German
Greek
Hebrew
Italian
Japanese
Latin
Mandarin
Russian
Spanish
Spring 2015 Fall 2016 As they are available in fall 2016*
CST Group 5a:
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Physics
TBD Fall 2018 As they are available in fall 2018*
CST Group 5b:
Dance
Music
Theater
Visual Arts
TBD TBD As they are available
* Candidates who don't take and pass the current CST for their field before the new test is implemented will be required to take and pass the new test.