How to Become a Teacher in New Jersey

The New Jersey public school system boasts around 2,500 schools and more than 100,000 classroom teachers. Currently, New Jersey reports an annual high school graduation rate of around 94%. Before taking their place at the head of the classroom, all New Jersey teachers must complete certain educational requirements in order to earn a New Jersey teaching license. Continue reading for more information on becoming a teacher in New Jersey.

Education Requirements

The New Jersey Department of Education governs teacher licensure for the state’s educators. To be eligible for teacher certification in New Jersey, all applicants must complete certain educational requirements. Educational requirements are defined by the New Jersey Administrative Code, and include familiarity with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS); familiarity with human development and teaching diverse learners; a bachelor’s degree from an approved, accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and/or a high Praxis score; and completion of a supervised teaching period in the state.

New Jersey Teaching Certification

As with many states, there are several routes to licensure for teachers in New Jersey. Applicants may obtain a provisional or standard teaching certificate. All provisional applicants must complete a supervised teaching program prior to standard licensure. Eligibility requirements for different grade levels and subject matters vary, although generally, all applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an approved, accredited college or university. Additionally, applicants must complete Praxis exams in desired subject areas leading to endorsements and specific licensure, as well as complete an introduction to teaching program. More information can be found at New Jersey’s Department of Education website. Specific licensure and endorsement requirements can be found by clicking here.

Required Tests

New Jersey requires all prospective teachers to pass competency exams in desired subject areas. Typically, this means that a licensed teacher takes a Praxis II subject test to gain additional endorsement and licensure. More information about specific examinations for subject areas can be found by clicking here.

State Certification Reciprocity

New Jersey state reciprocity requirements state that any teacher applying for reciprocal licensure must have an instructional certification equivalent to the state’s. Candidates who have not instructed classrooms successfully for at least three years must meet a minimum GPA requirement. Other provisions and more information can be found at New Jersey’s Department of Education website.

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