New Jersey

To become a teacher in New Jersey, there are a number of qualifications that you’ll need to pass. These include education, testing, and specific experience. New Jersey offers options for traditional certification, alternate routes, and provisional teaching.

For a standard certificate of eligibility in New Jersey, you will need to ensure that you’ve met specific degree, academic, and testing requirements. This includes a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a major in education, as well as a passing score on the PRAXIS test. Teachers from out-of-state will need to provide verification of program completion as well as copies of out-of-state certificates and recommendation letters where applicable. If you are a teacher from a foreign country, you’ll need to have your degree and credentials evaluated to ensure that you meet New Jersey’s equivalency standards. Prospective teachers may also be granted a provisional certificate, which is issued for two years to candidates involved in a New Jersey-approved district training program for standard certification. In some situations, New Jersey will also grant emergency certificates, which are issued for one year to meet specific requirements for the endorsement they’ll be hired in. With all certificates, teachers will be required to choose and qualify for one or more endorsements.

The densely populated state of New Jersey number of different school districts, although you won’t find any that are extremely large. Some of New Jersey’s most popular places to work and live are Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Elizabeth. You can find employment in these areas and beyond at NJHire, New Jersey’s education jobs site.

In order to renew your teaching license in New Jersey, you’ll be required to complete a specific amount of professional development hours. Currently, New Jersey teachers must complete 100 hours of approved professional development every five years. This level of professional development can be completed in a number of ways, most commonly through workshops and credit college courses. Your specific requirements will be spelled out in your Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) that is determined by you and your supervisor, and based on the needs of your school district.

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