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Teacher Certification by State

Guides with reader recommendations are in bold.

CBEST sample essay questions from California State University, Northridge.

CBEST test dates, sign-up, and sample tests for California teacher certification.

FTCE test dates and locations from the Florida Department of Education.

ExCET registration, test schedule and study guide/preparation manuals.

ExCET sample questions and study tips from Stephen A. Austin University.  Also available is Latin ExCET test preparation materials from the Texas Classical Association.

NYSTCE/LAST certification, exam sign-up and schedule information, exam framework.


  1. The Essential Career Guide to Becoming a Middle and High School Teacher, Robert W. Maloy, 1999 - RECOMMENDED
  2. How to Get the Teaching Job You Want: The Complete Guide for College Graduates, Teachers Changing Schools, Returning Teachers and Career Changers, Robert Feirsen, 2004
  3. Teacher Career Starter 2E, Joan Della Valle, 2002 - RECOMMENDED

  4. Teacher Certification Requirements in All Fifty States 2008-2009: How and Where to Get a Teaching Certificate in All Fifty States, Joel E. Boydston, 2008


  1. Beating Them All! Thirty Days to a Magic Score on Any Elementary Literacy Instruction Exam for Teacher Certification, Chris Nicholas Boosalis, 2003 

  2. Methods, Strategies, and Elementary Content for Beating AEPA, FTCE, ICTS, MSAT, MTEL, MTTC, NMTA, NYSTCE, OSAT, PLACE, PRAXIS, and TEXES, Chris Nicholas Boosalis, 2005 - RECOMMENDED



  1. Ace Your Teacher Interview: 149 Fantastic Answers to Tough Interview Question, Anthony Fredericks, 2012 - RECOMMENDED

  2. Guide to Getting a Teaching Job

  3. Principals' Interview Edge 

  4. Teachers' Interview Edge 

  5. Teacher Interviews: How to Get Them and How to Get Hired!, Robert Pollock, 2011 - RECOMMENDED


  1. Cracking the CBEST, 2nd Ed, Rick Sliter, 2002 - RECOMMENDED 
    Two full-length practice tests with explanations of the answers.

  2. CBEST: California Basic Educational Skills Test, 2nd Ed., LearningExpress, 2002

  3. Cliffs Test Prep CBEST (6th), Jerry Bobrow, 2000 - e-book (Adobe PDF) - RECOMMENDED  

  4. CSET - Best Test Prep for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (REA), Michelle DenBest, 2005

  5. How to Prepare for the CBEST, California Basic Educational Skills Test (Barrons),Steve Reiss, 2008 

  6. How to Prepare for the CSET: California Subject Matter Examinations for Teachers/Multiple Subjects, Robert D. Postman, 2004

  7. Kaplan CBEST, California Basic Educational Skills Test, 2008 - RECOMMENDED

  8. Kaplan CSET: The California Subject Examination for Teachers, 2008 - RECOMMENDED


  1. CliffsTestPrep FTCE: General Knowledge Test, Jeffrey S. Kaplan, 2005

  2. FTCE w/ CD-ROM (REA) - The Best Test Prep for Florida Teacher Certification,  Leasha Barry, 2004

  3. FTCE Elementary Education K-6: Teacher Certification Exam, Marilyn Ranier, 2001

  4. FTCE Math Middle School, Arlene Schlessinger, 2001

  5. FTCE English High School: Teacher Certification Exam, Coleen St. Cyr, 2001

  6. FTCE Professional Educator: Teacher's Certification Exam,  Jerry Holt, 2001


  1. Arco Teacher Certification Exams: New York State, Joan U. Levy, 2000

  2. NYSTCE - New York State Teacher Certification Exams with CD-ROM, Research & Education Assn., 2004

  3. Cracking the NYSTCE, Princeton Review, 2003

  4. Barron's How to Prepare for the LAST/ATS-W NYSTCE: Liberal Arts and Sciences Test/Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written, Robert D. Postman, 2004

  5. Kaplan NYSTCE : Complete Preparation for the LAST & ATS-W, 5th Ed., Kaplan, 2008

  6. Prepare for the NYSTCE: LAST and ATS-W (2nd ed.), Joan U., Ph.D. Levy, 2004


  1. How to Prepare for the ExCET: Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas: Professional Development Tests (Barron's) 2nd Ed., Mary Ella Lowe, 2000
    Diagnostic test, 2 practice tests and review of understanding learners, enhancing student achievement, and understanding the teaching environment.

  2. Becoming a Teacher in Texas: A Course of Study for the Professional Development ExCET, Cynthia Gift Henry, 2000

  3. The Best Test Preparation for the ExCET, 1998

  4. Pass the ExCET on Your First Try, Mark Mentze, 2000  - RECOMMENDED

  5. Preparing for the Texas PreK-4 Teacher Certification: A Guide to the Comprehensive TExES Content Areas Exam,  Janice L. Nath, 2003 - RECOMMENDED


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