NY Secondary Mathematics Certification and Exam Requirements

New York Secondary Mathematics Certification and Exam Requirements

Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.


Secondary Mathematics Certification Available: Mathematics, Grades 7-12

Important Note Regarding Field Experiences and Licensure

Graduates of a WGU mathematics 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for Mathematics 7-12 teacher certification in New York, which will allow them to teach in any single subject mathematics classroom in that grade range. Please note that while WGU's secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs cover grades 5-12, grades 7-12 licensure is awarded in New York because that is how the NY State Department of Education defines the grade-range of secondary-level education.

Content Area Requirements (Post-Bacc. and Master of Arts in Teaching Only)

In order to obtain a New York teaching license after graduating from a post-baccalaureate or master of arts in teaching program at WGU, New York requires an acceptable undergraduate degree in the core content area or at least 30 semester hours of college-level coursework in the core content area. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will make the authoritative and final determination about your eligibility for any type of certification. The NYSED may, at its discretion, require graduates of any program to complete additional coursework to become eligible for certification. For more information on these requirements, refer to the Search Certification Requirements page of the NY State Education Department website.

Secondary Mathematics Exams and Requirements:


Exam Requirement Note
New York Content Exam NYSTCE Mathematics CST (004) For policies and deadlines see State Certification Exam Requirements, General Policies and Pacing Guides: Preparing for Demonstration Teaching.
WGU Program Requirement

Praxis 5161: Mathematics, Content Knowledge


Praxis 5061: Mathematics, Content Knowledge

You must pass this exam to graduate from the program and be recommended for licensure. 
New York Pedagogy Exam Educating All Students Test (EAS) Required to be passed before requesting a Letter of Recommendation for Licensure from the WGU Licensure Office.


Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in New York

General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

New York Teaching Performance Assessment
Applying for your New York Teaching License



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