To be qualified to teach the liberal arts and sciences in the New York State public school system a person must pass the NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences exam demonstrating that he/she is in compliance with the New York State Academic Standards. A person who passes the test shows that he/she knows the fundamentals of such areas as math, science (and scientific inquiry), history, society, and geography. Teachers of the liberal arts and sciences understand art, philosophy, religion, culture, and more, and the way that each makes a mark on the world scene. They can reason clearly, are able to communicate via traditional and electronic means, and evaluate issues properly.
The NYSTCE Liberal Arts and Sciences exam consists of approximately eighty multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question. The questions cover the areas of Artistic Expression and the Humanities-19 percent; Written Analysis and Expression-20 percent; Communication and Research Skills-19 percent; Scientific, Mathematical, and Technological Processes-23 percent; and Historical and Social Scientific Awareness-19 percent.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014