New Jersey - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 

The Department of Education has final approval.


The State of New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Certification and Credentials expects that as a candidate for teacher certification, you hold at least a bachelor’s degree earned from a teacher preparation program within a New Jersey college or university or from any regionally accredited college or university. You must also maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 or 2.5, dependent on the particular program. Certain endorsements require additional coursework. Before you enroll in a teacher preparation program, you may be asked to pass the Praxis I Basic Skills Exam in reading, writing and mathematics. As a candidate for initial teacher certification in New Jersey you must also pass an examination in hygiene, physiology, and substance abuse, or to be exempt from this examination, prove that you’ve completed college studies in biology, health, or nutrition.

Adopting Authority: 
State Department of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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