NY Secondary Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements

New York Secondary Social Science 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 Social Science Certification Available: Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Graduates of a WGU social science 5-12 teacher preparation program will be eligible for Social Studies 7-12 teacher certification in New York, which will allow them to teach in any single subject social studies classroom in that grade range. 

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 Social Science Exams and Requirements:


Exam Requirement Note
New York Content Exam NYSTCE Social Studies CST (115) For policies and deadlines see State Certification Exam Requirements, General Policies and Pacing Guides: Preparing for Demonstration Teaching.
WGU Program Requirement Praxis 5081, Social Studies: 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




*As of 8/1/2017, WGU is no longer enrolling students in the PBMA9, PBMA12, PBSC9, MATSC9, PBSS12, or MATSS12 programs. For more information, please contact your program mentor or enrollment counselor. 



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