The Road to Becoming a Teacher

This new site will provide information on the college experience, including courses for education majors and student teaching, the certification process, and finding your first job.


In New Jersey, you will need to present SAT or ACT scores in the top third of the population of testers.  The lowest accepted SAT score for testers in 2016 is “610” on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing portion of the exam with a “570” in Mathematics.  If the ACT is your exam of choice, you’ll need a minimum of 23 in English and Math, respectively.  Teachers need to be technologically proficient, and that doesn’t mean Instagram and Snapchat.  If current trends continue, the bar will rise.

Once you reach the undergraduate level, successful completion of a teacher education program calls for a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  That is a “B”.  It will take effort and dedication to excel, pure and simple.   Subject matter concentrations in math, sciences, STEM, world language, ESL, bilingual and special education will lead to the greatest number of employment opportunities.   The academic rigor will be challenging.  As if that weren’t enough, under current regulations, teacher candidates engage in clinical assignments for a minimum of one academic year.  This time allows one to shadow veteran teachers and hone sound instructional practices.

It’s important to recognize that the education career field is changing rapidly.  The focus has shifted from the qualifications of the educator to the development of the learner.  Assessment is more important than ever, so you must have skills in statistics and data analysis.  The sooner you begin to develop needed skills the better prepared you will be as a teacher candidate.

The advent of blended learning solutions, virtual schools and individualized lesson platforms suggests that schools of the future will cease to have physical boundaries.

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New Jersey certification is required for any professional staff member employed in New Jersey public schools or in any institution under the supervision of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), including charter schools and educational facilities within the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice Commission and the Department of Human Services.  The NJDOE’s Office of Licensure and Credentials works under the authority of the, which is the educator licensing agency in New Jersey.

What are the requirements for teacher certification?

What are the steps to the application process for New Jersey certification?

How do I apply for a certificate?

What is the process for newly hired, first-time teachers?

What is the Board of Examiners?

How do I verify regional accreditation of a college or university?

Other FAQs

Test Requirements for Teachers in New Jersey can be found here.

For detailed information about the New Jersey certification process, visit the NJ Department of Education website at

For a list of formal teacher preparation programs at New Jersey’s Colleges and Universities can be found here and on the NJ Department of Education website at

Other Resources:

10 College FAQs for Future Teachers

See also the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification at:

Note:  Generally, states require teacher candidates to hold a bachelors degree or masters degree in a subject area (NJ – or 30 semester hour credits a specialization); Complete a teacher education program; Prove basic skills (NJ- ACT, SAT, Praxis Core); Pass a rigorous content area test (NJ- Praxis II); Pass a performance assessment test (NJ 2017-2018); and Complete the program with a qualifying GPA (3.0).  *If you choose a NJ approved teacher preparation program it will meet New Jersey requirements for the subject area covered by the program. Get the essentials on the certification process here.