To become a business education teacher in New Jersey, you'll have to apply as a career and technical education (CTE) teacher. There are six different endorsements under the business heading, but all require very similar steps to become a teacher.
Requirements for New Jersey Business Teachers
|Average Salary for CTE Teachers in New Jersey (2019)*||$73,250 (Secondary School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Required Field||Business or Business Education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, Business Education: Content Knowledge|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Fulfill Education Requirements
Though New Jersey has six different endorsement areas for business education teachers, the requirements are largely the same for each. All business teachers must have a bachelor's degree or higher. At least 30 of the degree program's credits must come from business courses. Each endorsement asks for specific courses to be met, for instance, for keyboarding and data entry endorsement, you must have at least one course in keyboarding, while the accounting endorsement requires 12 credits in accounting.
If you do not complete a business education program, you will be required to take a teacher preparation program. This may be completed through a minor, elective courses, or a certificate. Either way, you must have proof of knowledge for teaching methods. New Jersey also requires teachers to be familiar with physiology and hygiene. This can be proven in a few ways, including a test and military service. Keeping this requirement in mind can be a good thing during your degree program. You can complete this requirement, and possibly another core curriculum requirement, by taking a course in biology or health.
Step 2: Complete Testing Requirements
Every prospective teacher is required to take is the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam series. The series includes three exams that test your knowledge on math, reading, and writing. These exams can be taken individually or combined as one. Each test has a different structure and amount of time for testing given. Though these can be taken together, each exam is individually scored. You must earn a minimum score in each to pass: in math, you must earn 150, writing 162, and reading 156.
Along with the Praxis Core assessment, all business teachers are required to take the Business Education: Content Knowledge exam. You will have two hours to complete 120 questions. You must pass the exam with a score of 154 or higher. Being that this covers all endorsements, it may not be a surprise to find that there are eight different categories tested on this exam:
- Professional business education
- Information technology
- Marketing and management
- Accounting and finance
- Law and international business
- Communication and career development
Step 3: Complete Background Check
In New Jersey, you must submit fingerprints and a complete a background check. You will be fingerprinted via computer, and then your criminal background will be checked by the state. In order to pass, you must provide a legible fingerprint, and this can be done by making an appointment with a MorphoTrust center. It takes about two weeks for your background check to be completed.
Certification Resources for New Jersey Business Teachers
If you want to teach business in New Jersey schools, you'll find you need to spend plenty of time preparing for the required assessments. The links below will take you to study guides to prepare for the exams.