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Skidmore College
Education Studies


EDS degree

Upon successful completion of required coursework and field placements, Education Studies majors can be recommended for initial teaching certification (Childhood, Grades 1-6) in New York State. Graduates may choose to apply for certification by completing additional requirements including three tests: Educating All Students (EAS), Content Specialty Test (CST), and the edTPA portfolio assessment. Information about applying for certification and these tests can be found on these links. NYS has recently released new study materials for students preparing to take the CST. These are available here.

The Education Studies Department at Skidmore had 10 completers in 2016 and 15 in 2017. Of these two cohorts, 18 students elected to take the New York State Certification exams. 100% of these students earned passing scores for the Educating All Students (EAS), Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and Content Specialty Tests (CST). 15 of the 18 students earned passing scores on the edTPA portfolio assessment. (Note: these rates include NYS safety net provisions.)

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