Educators in New York State who wish to teach students with disabilities must take and pass the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities exam to show that they have the knowledge and skills to teach in accordance with the academic standards set by the state of New York. These teachers must be able to provide a supportive learning environment that reflects the abilities of the students with disabilities to learn. And they must also be able to effectively engage the students in the learning process and evaluate the students' progress. Upon passing the NYSTCE Students with Disabilities exam, these educators will be able to teach in the public school system of the state of New York.
The test is comprised of approximately ninety multiple-choice questions in the following areas: Promoting Student Learning and Development in a Collaborative Learning Community-42 percent of the exam; Understanding and Evaluating Students with Disabilities-27 percent of the exam; and Working in a Collaborative Professional Environment-21 percent of the exam. There is also one constructed-response question worth 10 percent of the exam in the area of Promoting Student Learning and Development in a Collaborative Learning Community.
Last Updated: 05/15/2014