A person who believes that teaching doesn't pay off probably hasn't looked at the numbers for New Jersey. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, middle school teachers in New Jersey had an annual mean wage of $71,000, and secondary school teachers had an annual mean wage of $72,250 — both in the top five for annual mean wages of those respective jobs nation-wide. If the opportunities in the Garden State appeal to you, you may want to consider how exactly you plan to achieve them.

Potential Teachers in New Jersey:

Earning a bachelor's degree in education, or a related field such as child development or curriculum design, is probably one of the better ways to get your start in the field of teaching. The learning you receive in such a program can help prepare you not just for a career in the classroom, but for earning your teaching credential and for presenting yourself in interviews. For more information on how to get your start as a teacher in New Jersey, check out some more general info on our How to Become a Teacher page or even more specific information on our New Jersey Teacher Certification page.

Existing Teachers and Administrators in New Jersey:

Perhaps you're already a teacher in New Jersey, and what you're looking for is a way to advance your career. There are many ways that an opportunity can appear, some in your control and some not. One way you can actively work to improve your chances, however, is by earning a graduate degree — a master's or a PhD, or even some form of graduate certification. Earning a high-level, high-concept degree like this can show employers that you are a hard worker with great experience, and this can open many doors for your future. Below is a list of accredited schools that can give you the chance to earn such a degree.


  1. Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, 25-2031 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252031.htm#st
  2. Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016, 25-2022 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes252022.htm#st

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B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
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Building a better future starts in the classroom. The online master’s degree programs from American University’s School of Education are designed to prepare you to teach the next generation of difference makers. 

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  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
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Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University, a top tier research university with campus locations in Maryland and Washington, DC, and online has been dedicated to educating its students and cultivating their capacity for life-long learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.

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