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Initial Certification

March 15, 2017: New York State has notified all teacher education programs that the Board of Regents has eliminated the ALST requirement for the Initial Teaching license.
Pearson will be handling the registration questions of all students who have scheduled to take the exam. Please check the NYSTCE website for information.


Students in our Teacher Preparation Programs are completing a New York State Approved Teacher Preparation Program. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of all certification requirements and keep up-to-date with any changes. In order to be certified in New York State, students must complete the following, in addition to completing all the program requirements. Please note that all of these require you create a TEACH account through New York State. You are responsible for assuring all materials are received and accurately logged in your account.

All students will need fingerprints registered in the New York State TEACH account.
All students pursuing their initial teaching certification will need to complete the following workshops:
  • Child Abuse Identification (Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop)
  • School Violence Intervention and Prevention (SAVE)
  • Dignity For All Students Act (DASA)
Students completing a program leading to Special Education Certification (at any level) also need to complete a Needs of Students with Autism Workshop.

Student can find access to these workshops online, through local BOCES offices, and through areas colleges. Iona offers these workshops once a semester. We have provided some links for your reference on our Workshops page. After completing your workshop, please follow the instructions provided for documenting these to your New York State TEACH account.

All students will need to pass the following New York State Teacher Certification Exams for the first teaching license:
  • Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) – needed for first certification
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS) – needed for first certification
  • edTPA in your certification area – needed for first certification
  • Content Specialty Test (CST) for your certification area: See listing of exams needed for our programs for specific exams in each certification area.
See information about the exams and how to register. Please print out a copy of your score report once it is available because there is only a limited time to access these scores.

*Important Note: The New York State Board of Regents has extended its timeline for its safety nets. Each exam (ALST; EAS; redesigned CST; EdTPA; Grades 7-12 Multi-Subject Part 2, Mathematics) has its own safety net procedure which must be followed. A safety net must be satisfied by June 30, 2017, and all other certification requirements must be completed by June 30, 2018. See details about all safety nets.

Content Specialty Tests Needed for Iona College Programs
  • Childhood (BS or MST)
    • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245)
      • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (221)
      • Part Two: Mathematics (222)
      • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
  • Dual Childhood and Early Childhood (BS or MST)
    • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245) and Multi-Subject: Teachers of Early Childhood (Birth–Grade 2) (211/212/245)
      • Childhood Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (221)
      • Childhood Part Two: Mathematics (222)
      • Early Childhood Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (211)
      • Early Childhood Part 2: Mathematics (212)
      • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
  • Dual Childhood and 1-6 Students with Disabilities (MST graduate program only)
    • Multi-Subject: Teachers of Childhood (Grade 1–Grade 6) (221/222/245) and Students with Disabilities CST (060)
      • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (221)
      • Part Two: Mathematics (222)
      • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)
      • Students with Disabilities CST (060)
  • Adolescent content areas (take the one in your content specialty area) (BS, BA, or MST)
    • Biology CST (006) (new exam anticipated Fall 2019)
    • Chemistry CST (007) (new exam anticipated Fall 2019)
    • Mathematics CST (004)
    • Social Studies CST (005)
  • Childhood Literacy, Birth – Grade 6 (MSEd only)
    • Literacy CST (065)
  • Childhood Literacy and Special Education, Birth – Grade 6 (MSEd only)
    • Literacy CST (065)
    • Students with Disabilities CST (060)
  • Adolescent Literacy and Special Education, Grades 7 – 12 (MSEd only)
    • Literacy CST (065)
    • Students with Disabilities CST (060)
    • Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grade 7–Grade 12) (241/242/245)
      • Part One: Literacy and English Language Arts (241)
      • Part Two: Mathematics (242)
      • Part Three: Arts and Sciences (245)