Content Specialty Tests

To help you pass your content specialty test (CST), Molloy offers the following seven workshops:

- Biology
- English
- Mathematics
- Spanish
- Social Studies
- Students with disabilities
- Multi-subject

Click here for a schedule of classes

The workshops are offered for four to six sessions, one or two nights a week. Most workshops are offered at least once during the fall and spring semesters and occasionally during the summer.

The CST (Content Specialty Test) is required for professional certification in elementary (common branch), ESOL, and secondary academic subject titles. It is also required for initial certification in secondary academic subjects and 7-9 extensions of Pre K-6 certificates for candidates who do not possess a college concentration in the subject of the certificate. The test covers content in the subject, or subjects, that the corresponding certificate authorizes the holder to teach. The test format typically consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. Tests in languages other than English involve audio taped listening and speaking sections.

A graphing calculator is required for the mathematics test. Candidates taking the mathematics test must bring their own calculator.

You may wish to take the CST exam in your junior or senior year. Graduate Education candidates should take the CST as soon as you complete content area courses. This recommended schedule will allow you to prepare for one test at a time and will give you an opportunity to retake any of the tests, if needed, before completing your teacher preparation program. The passing CST score is 220.

Please note that new exams for teacher certification will be released in the future.  Candidates who are applying for certification and will have completed all requirements on or before 4/30/2014 should take the current CST test. Candidates who are pplying for certification on or after 5/1/2014 should wait to take the new test.

Registration Information

Click here for registration information. Register online, anytime. At Molloy, we believe that registration should not be the hardest part of taking a class. So we make it easy to register online by phone, fax, mail, or in-person. Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Have a question? Call 516.323.3550, e-mail conted@molloy.edu or visit our Facebook page.

CST Exam Information

For further information on the CSTs and to register to take the exam, refer to the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) registration bulletin. The NYSTCE bulletin is now available online by clicking here. Their phone number is 413.256.2882. The CST exam fee is $88.