Step by step guide to becoming certified as a teach in NJ:

New Jersey Initial Educator Certification

  1. Make sure you have documented proof of a college degree
  2. You must have experience in the classroom - student teaching is the most common route.
  3. If you hold a degree dated before September 1, 2004, then your GPA must be 2.5 or higher. If your degree is after that date, then you must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. You’ll need to pass the examination given by the New Jersey County Offices of Education. You will also need to pass the Praxis II (subject area) exam.
  5. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • Test scores
    • Required Fees
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Mail to:
      New Jersey Department of Education
      Office of Licensing and Credentials
      P.O. Box 500
      Trenton, NJ. 08625-0500
      For more information, call (609) 292-2070
  6. Do you want to renew your teaching credentials in New Jersey?

Alternative Teacher Certification in NJ

Alternatively, there is another way you can take to get your New Jersey Teacher Certification..

*A mentorship program is required to qualify for the standard New Jersey Teacher Certification*

  1. Degree requirement is still valid
  2. Mentoring- 20 days of pre-service training/support; may be modified
  3. Mentoring- 30 weeks of support by a school-based experienced teacher
  4. Supervision & Evaluation- 3 evaluations by school based administrators, including final summative evaluation recommending the novice teacher for standard certification
  5. Formal Instruction- at least 200 hours of instruction aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers
  6. See more of the requirements along with fee schedule here
  7. Apply Online and call (609) 984-6377

Teaching Schools in New Jersey

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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Master of Education - Data Driven Instruction
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Offers more than 70 majors and programs, as well as several off-campus internships.
  • 94% of students in the 2014-2015 academic year qualified for financial aid.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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B.S. in Child Studies
Good for Working Adults
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
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