There are many benefits to becoming a teacher, no matter where the position is. Not only are teachers themselves benefited by receiving scholarships and encouragement to complete their education, they have the ability to make a significant impact on their students, their lives and their future. Teaching anywhere in the country is great, but New Jersey in particular has steep competition for teaching positions.
Perhaps this is because the taxpayers and government of New Jersey realize how important education is, leading them to pay for salaries of nearly $60,000 per year. That makes New Jersey not only the highest paying for teachers in the country, but also one of the most desired places anywhere to begin a teaching career. This is definitely appealing for people who want to dedicate themselves to changing the lives of their students but have had concerns about whether or not they could afford to live off of the salary of teaching.
Applying to become an NJ teacher has one other unique prerequisite attached to it. In order to qualify to teach a certain subject in a classroom, the applicant must first attend school and major in the subject in question. After completing the course and receiving a degree in the subject they wish to teach, they must then become certified.
The state of New Jersey offers Certificates of Eligibility that are good for two years when the applicant officially qualifies for employment under the state. In order to be eligible for this, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree and a passing score on an exam called PRAXIS. After obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility, he or she will then undergo separate training. To most people, this is known as becoming a student teacher. After acting as a student teacher for some time, followed by two years of teaching on his or her own, the state of New Jersey then gives him or her a permanent certification. If the teacher did an outstanding job, they may receive this certification in only half the time than standard.