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Examination Requirements for Initial Certification

Undergraduate candidates who seek an initial teacher certification are required to pass four tests: (a) the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), (b) Teacher Performance Assessments (TPA), (c) Educating All Students test (EAS), (d) Revised Content Specialty Test (CST). Candidates must also attend three workshops on School Violence Prevention and Child Abuse Identification, and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). These tests and workshops are offered by the New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) program.

Note: All initial certificates require completion of New York State workshops. To learn more about these workshops, visit

Preparation workshops are offered at Lehman College through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). Check in the SCPS Office located in Room 128 of Carman Hall (718-960-8666) for the dates and times of these sessions.