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To become a certified teacher in New Jersey, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

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 Praxis II exams required for subject area certification(s)
  • Submit required forms and mandated fees

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

New Jersey Teacher 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, 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 4-year college/university transcript. If courses are taken at a community college, those credits must be transferred to a regionally accredited 4-year college transcript. Elementary Ed Subject Specialty requires the above EE Cert. PLUS 15 credits in the subject specialty.
  • 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 4-year college/university transcript. If courses are taken at a community college, those credits must be transferred to a regionally accredited 4-year college 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 4-year college/university transcript. If courses are taken at a community college, those credits must be transferred to a regionally accredited 4-year college transcript.
  • Secondary History/Social Science: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 4-year college/university transcript. If courses are taken at a community college, those credits must be transferred to a regionally accredited 4-year college transcript.
  • Secondary Science:Current regulations for certification require that applicants complete a minimum of 30 credits in a coherent sequence in Science. 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 4-year college/university transcript. If courses are taken at a community college, those credits must be transferred to a regionally accredited 4-year college transcript.

New Jersey Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

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 an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative New Jersey teacher certification can be found here

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes 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 scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of New Jersey, visit our New Jersey Teacher Scholarships page.

New Jersey Required Tests

To become a licensed teacher in the state of New Jersey, teaching candidates must complete the required Praxis II Subject Area assessment(s) required for their area of certification. New Jersey does not require a Basic Skills test for teacher certification.

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

159

Early Childhood:
Content Knowledge

Early Childhood Education (Preschool-Grade 3)

165
164
155
159

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

Elementary Education (K-5)

164
165
145
158

Middle School
English/Language Arts
Middle School
Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social
Studies

Middle School Education (5-8)
Language Arts Literacy
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

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

Social Studies

Content
Knowledge

143
153

Speech
Communication:
Content
Knowledge
Theatre

Speech Arts & Dramatics

153

Theatre

Theatre

All Grades (K-12) Certification

Qualifying Score

Required Test(s)

Certification

158

Art: Content Knowledge

Art

167

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

English

151

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

Visit New Jersey’s Praxis Requirements>for a complete list of available assessments.

New Jersey Certification Reciprocity

New Jersey will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the New Jersey Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

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 teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: New Jersey has strong induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in New Jersey makes $62,990
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in New Jersey makes $67,010
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in New Jersey makes 122% of the salary of the average worker in New Jersey
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in New Jersey receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Additional Information and Links

New Jersey Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in New Jersey.

Contact Information

      New Jersey Department of Education

      Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness

      100 Riverview Plaza, P.O. Box 500

      Trenton, New Jersey 08625

      877-900-6960- Contact

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