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Requirements for Teacher Education Programs  

This lib guide provides information about important requirements that students need to fulfill in order to enter and successfully complete approved NJ Teacher Education programs to become a certified teacher in NJ.
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Types of Instructional Certificates


    Steps in obtaining NJ Teacher Certification

      Basic Skills Assessment for program entry to Teacher Preparation programs

      By September 1, 2015, candidates beginning teacher preparation program coursework must pass a Basic Skills Assessment.  This requirement applies to  on or after September 1, 2015. For acceptance into a teacher preparation program, a candidate must pass a 'Commissioner-approved test of basic reading, writing, mathematics skills.'  Currently, there are two tests that are acceptable: the Praxis Pre-Professional Skills Test (Praxis I) and Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis Core).

      Praxis™: Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
      These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. The test: Core Academic skills for Educators( 5751) has three sections: Reading (5712), Writing ( 5722) and Mathematics (5732). To take all three Core tests on the same date, please register for the 5751 – Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test.

      Click on these links to go to the ETS webpages on the PRAXIS I Core tests, to download study guides and other test preparation materials. 


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      NJ Licensure Code

      The attached PDF decribes the NJ Department of Education's rules and requirements related to teacher preparation and licensure in the state. 


      NJ Certification Test Requirements

      The attached pdf describes the test requirements for all types of teacher certification in the state. 


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