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Become a Teacher in New Jersey

New Jersey Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $68,100
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $74,070
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

 

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/18/2016

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To become a certified teacher in New Jersey, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a New Jersey teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.

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Step One: New Jersey Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are New Jersey’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:

  • Elementary Education: For certification as an elementary school teacher, completion of a major in the liberal arts or sciences or a minimum of 60 liberal arts credits is required. A “liberal arts major” means any college major such as philosophy, history, literature, sociology, science, mathematics, or world language that is intended primarily to provide general knowledge and to develop an individual’s general intellectual capacities to reason and evaluate, as opposed to professional or vocational skills. The New Jersey Department of Education will make the final determination as to which courses will be counted towards liberal arts study. All credits must appear on a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college/university transcript.
  • Secondary English/Language Arts: Current regulations for certification require that applicants complete a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent sequence in English. A coherent sequence requires that at least 12 credits are completed at the advanced level of study (junior, senior or graduate level). All credits must appear on a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college/university transcript.
  • Secondary Mathematics: Current regulations for certification require that applicants complete a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent sequence in Math. A coherent sequence requires that at least 12 credits are completed at the advanced level of study (junior, senior or graduate level). All credits must appear on a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college/university transcript.
  • Secondary History/Social Science/Social Studies: Current regulations for certification require that applicants complete a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent sequence in Social Studies. Social Studies includes American history, European history, world history, government, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, and economics. A coherent sequence requires that at least 12 credits are completed at the advanced level of study (junior, senior or graduate level). Within the 30 credits, the candidate must complete a minimum of 15-semester hour credits in history to include a minimum of one course in American History and one course in World History. All credits must appear on a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college/university transcript.
  • Secondary Biology Current regulations for certification require that applicants complete a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent sequence in Biology. A coherent sequence requires that at least 12 credits are completed at the advanced level of study (junior, senior or graduate level). All credits must appear on a regionally accredited 2- or 4-year college/university transcript.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

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Step Two: New Jersey Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation in New Jersey includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program (for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing) or a 24-hour pre-service Introduction to the Teaching Profession program (for a Certificate of Eligibility).

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive a teaching certificate in New Jersey by applying for a Certificate of Eligibility. Visit the Certification Map Information about alternative teacher certification can be found on the Certification Map New Jersey Alternative Certification page.

Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design, and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more teacher scholarships specific to the State of New Jersey, visit our New Jersey Teacher Scholarships page.

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Step Three: New Jersey Required Tests

To become a licensed teacher in the state of New Jersey, teaching candidates must fulfill a basic skills requirement and complete the Praxis Subject Assessment(s) required for their area of certification.

Basic Skills Requirement

All candidates for a CE or CEAS (except those seeking a CE with a career and technical education endorsement) are required to fulfill a basic skills requirement by taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam. An SAT, ACT, or GRE score in the top third percentile for the year in which it was taken also meets this requirement. For CEAS candidates, the basic skills requirement must be met before acceptance into a teacher preparation program.

Basic Skills Requirement
Qualifying Score Required Test(s)
156
162
150
CORE: Reading
CORE: Writing
CORE: Mathematics

Praxis Subject Assessments

Praxis Subject Assessment
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

156

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education (Preschool-Grade 3)

157
157 
155
159

Elementary Education:
Multiple Subjects
Reading & Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Science

Elementary Education (K-6)

164

Middle School
English/Language Arts

Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Language Arts/Literacy in Grades 5–8

165 Middle School Mathematics Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Mathematics in Grades 5–8
150 Middle School Science Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Science in Grades 5–8
158 Middle School Social Studies Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: Social Studies in Grades 5–8  

Secondary Education Subject Area Certification 

Secondary Education Subject Area Certification 
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

152
152

Biology: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge

Biology

152
152

Chemistry: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge

Chemistry

153
152

Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge

Earth Science

152
141
152

Chemistry: Content Knowledge
Physics: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge

Physical Science

141
152

Physics: Content Knowledge
General Science: Content Knowledge

Physics

157

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Social Studies

143
153

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge
Theatre

Speech Arts and Dramatics

153

Theatre

Theatre 


All Grades (K-12) Certification 

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All Grades (K-12) Certification 
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

158

Art: Content Knowledge

Art

167

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

English

160

Health & Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Health & Physical Education

160

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Mathematics

153

Music: Content Knowledge

Music

148

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Physical Education

159

Teaching Reading

Reading

162

French: World Language

French
AND
Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: World Languages/French in Grades 5–8

163

German: World Language

German
AND
Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: World Languages/German in Grades 5–8

168

Spanish: World Language

Spanish
AND
Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization: World Languages/Spanish in Grades 5–8

Visit the Praxis New Jersey’s Test Requirements page for a complete list of available assessments.

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Step Four: New Jersey Application Requirements

All teaching candidates seeking certification in New Jersey must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college/university
  • Complete either a state-approved teacher preparation program or district training program for licensure
  • Pass an approved test to meet the basic skills requirement, as well as any Praxis II exams required for subject area certification(s)
  • Submit required forms and mandated fees

Visit New Jersey’s Licensure Process web page for more information regarding the requirements under your specific circumstances.

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New Jersey Certification Reciprocity

New Jersey will accept teaching credentials from other states as equivalent to a CEAS, with some stipulations. There is no reciprocity for a CE. Contact the New Jersey Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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New Jersey Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: New Jersey provides no support for teachers teaching in high-needs schools or in shortage subject areas. Limited incentives are handled by individual districts.
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: New Jersey has strong induction policies in place.
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $68,100, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $74,070, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in New Jersey makes 122% of the salary of the average worker in New Jersey.
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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New Jersey Certification Resources & Links

Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness
100 Riverview Plaza, P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey 08625
877-900-6960

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