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3 - New Jersey Educator Preparation Program Admissions Requirements
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Transition Points

Check out these resources for each of our certification programs in New Jersey:

Certification Support

Relay provides many resources to help prospective students prepare for certification/licensure.  

  • Click here, to learn more about general certification information. 

  • Click here, to see information about certification cost and budgeting.

  • Click here, to access certification studying and support materials.

You can use this link to review the testing requirements for certification in New Jersey. As you work on meeting your EPP requirements, make sure to meet all of the necessary areas for either the CE or limited CE. Failure to do so could impact your ability to get licensed and result in additional expenses.

 

 

 

Transition Point 1: New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Certification Program
Educator Preparation Program Admissions

Relay Application - EPP Items Deadline: 

  • Summer 2024 Start: July 26, 2024

Transition Point 1 Deadline:

  • Summer 2024 Start: August 3, 2024

Applicants for admission to the New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Program must be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) or a Limited Certificate of Eligibility (Limited CE). 

 

Applicants may demonstrate their eligibility for a CE or Limited CE by providing proof that they meet the following criteria:

 

Bachelor's Degree

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education that has received accreditation through an accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify their institution’s accreditation status through the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. Candidates educated outside of the United States must obtain a foreign transcript evaluation. The NJDOE or Relay is not authorized to determine the equivalent of studies completed outside the United States. Applicants should consult a credential evaluation service and request an official foreign transcript evaluation that includes the following: the equivalent of studies to a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college program; the cumulative baccalaureate grade point average; and, the semester-hour equivalent of each area of college-level study - please request that the two-part evaluation includes a course-by-course listing.

 

Minimum GPA

Applicants graduating from their baccalaureate or higher degree program on or after September 1, 2016 must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited institution of higher education from a completed baccalaureate or higher program.

 

Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but higher than or equal to 2.75 may receive admission to the New Jersey educator preparation program if they meet on the following: 

  • Graduated from their undergraduate or higher degree program before 9/1/2016, or

  • Exceeded the passing score on the approved content area exam that aligns with their certification area by at least 10%. Review the New Jersey CE Test Requirements to understand the score requirements for program admission.

Applicants who do not meet the GPA criteria for Relay’s New Jersey educator preparation program may be eligible for admission via one of the following exceptions to Relay’s policy:

 

Program Sponsorship: Applicants who graduated on or after September 1, 2016 with a  cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (baccalaureate or higher) who do not meet the criteria above may be considered for program sponsorship. Sponsored candidates can make up no more than 10% of the CE preparation program’s annual accepted candidates. Applicants may receive program sponsorship if they are employed at the time of their application to the EPP. 


Employer Sponsorship: Applicants who do not meet the Educator Preparation Program GPA Requirements may be eligible for employer sponsorship through a Limited Certificate of Eligibility (Limited CE). The employer must be approved by the NJDOE to sponsor applicants for a Limited CE. Applicants applying to Relay through employer sponsorship must have an active Limited CE application with employer documentation submitted to NJEdCert to be considered for admission to Relay. Candidates applying for a Limited CE are ineligible to receive program sponsorship for GPA.

 

Subject Matter Preparation

Applicants must meet the subject-specific coursework requirements for their endorsement area. Detailed information about this requirement can be found here

 

Testing Requirements

Applicants must submit proof that they have met the following testing requirements: 

  • Basic Skills Assessment: This requirement can be met through ONE of the following: 

    • Submit proof of passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751).

    • Scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE scores within the top half percentile range. Candidates should review their official score reports to confirm that their scores are within the top 50 percentile range as this range will vary based on the year the test was taken.

    • Hold a Master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

More information on qualifying basic skills scores can be found here

Physiology and Hygiene Requirement

Candidates must submit documentation for one of the following requirements to the NJDOE.

  • Evidence of military training. 

  • 2-year or 4-year college/university transcript showing a completed course in biology, health, or nutrition. 

Passing scores on the mandated physiology and hygiene test. Applicants should email [email protected] to get access to the test. After taking the test the applicant must upload a copy of the completed test to their account in NJEdCert related files.

 

Apply and Pay for the Certificate of Eligibility (CE) or Limited Certificate of Eligibility (Limited CE) in the Endorsement Area

For Applicants obtaining a CE: Candidates must submit an application and pay the fee for a CE in the endorsement area sought directly to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).  Review the NJDOE Educator Training for detailed instructions.

 

For Applicants obtaining a Limited CE: Applicants may demonstrate their eligibility for a limited certificate of eligibility by providing proof that they hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and that they meet all the requirements for a certificate of eligibility with flexibility on any one of the following: 

  • Minimum GPA

  • Minimum number of course content credits to demonstrate subject matter preparation

  • Minimum score requirement on the Praxis Core or other commissioner approved assessment of basic skills (basic skills assessment)

  • Minimum score requirement on the state approved Praxis II subject assessment. 

Candidates seeking admission using a Limited CE must submit documentation from their employer on letterhead confirming that they have/will sponsor the candidate for a Limited CE before the program admissions deadline. This letter should include the candidate's name and the requirement that is being waived. Candidates are expected to provide proof that they have applied for a Limited CE through the NJEdCert portal. Review the NJDOE Educator Training for detailed instructions.

 

 

 

Transition Point 1: New Jersey Additional Certificate Program (Advanced Certificate)

Educator Preparation Program Admission

Relay Application Deadline: August 12, 2024

Deadline to Accept Admissions Offer: August 22, 2024

Applicants for admission to the New Jersey Advanced Certificate Program must demonstrate meeting the following criteria:

 

Bachelor's Degree
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education that has received accreditation through an accreditation agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify their institution’s accreditation status through the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

 

Minimum GPA
Applicants graduating from their baccalaureate or higher degree program on or after September 1, 2016 must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited institution of higher education from a completed baccalaureate or higher program.

 

Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 but higher than or equal to 2.75 may receive admission to the New Jersey educator preparation program if they meet on the following: 

  • Graduated from their undergraduate or higher degree program before 9/1/2016, or

  • Exceeded the passing score on the approved content area exam that aligns with their certification area by at least 10%. Review the New Jersey CE Test Requirements to understand the score requirements for program admission.

Content Area Certificate
Applicants seeking enrollment in the advanced certificate program in New Jersey must hold a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or a Standard Certificate with a content area endorsement. Candidates will not be eligible to receive a Standard Certificate with the endorsement  Teacher of Students with Disabilities if their content area Standard Certificate is not issued. It is recommended that you review the NJDOE’s website for a listing of eligible content area certificates.

 

 

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