Teacher Licensure State Requirements - New Jersey

Become a Teacher in New Jersey

New Jersey teaching certificate

Are you looking to make a difference? Completing a online teacher certification program can help you meet the requirements for becoming a teacher in New Jersey.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in New Jersey, you must meet all of New Jersey's teacher certification requirements (i.e., a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing), including:

  • Completion of at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. For specific major/course requirements for your area of intended certification, click here.
  • Passing scores on the required Praxis exams.
  • Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • All teacher candidates must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on 4.0 scale in a baccalaureate degree program, higher degree program, or in a state-approved post-baccalaureate certification program with a minimum of 13 semester-hour credits.
  • All teacher candidates must fulfill the physiology and hygiene requirements by presenting evidence of basic military training, OR by completing a course such as biology, health, or nutrition that appears on a regionally accredited 4-year college or university transcript, OR by completing a 35-question True/False test administered in the country office of education. Learn more here.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a licensed teacher in New Jersey, please check the New Jersey Department of Education website:
New Jersey Department of Education Web site

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