How to Become a Health Teacher in New Jersey

Jan 02, 2019

In order to teach health in New Jersey it is necessary to earn a degree, complete teacher preparation training and pass the exams required for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) for health and physical education.

Health teachers in New Jersey are certified to work with students from kindergarten through to grade 12. New Jersey has some of the highest salaries for middle and high school teachers in the United States, which is one reason those considering a career as a health teacher may be interested in teaching in New Jersey.

New Jersey Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in New Jersey (2016)* $65,830 (Kindergarten);
$68,810 (Elementary School);
$71,000 (Middle School);
$75,250 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Health education
Testing Requirements edTPA, Praxis

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

To be eligible for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) it is necessary to earn a bachelor's degree that includes approved teacher preparation or to complete a bachelor's degree and a teacher preparation program.

CEAS applicants are required to satisfy a physiology and hygiene requirement. This can be done by taking a course in nutrition, health or biology; completing military training; or passing a 35-question True/False test.

To be eligible for the health and physical education CEAS applicants must earn 30 college credits in either health or physical education. They must complete 12 of these credits through studies taken at the junior, senior or graduate level. Education pedagogy courses don't count towards the 30-credit requirement.

CEAS applicants normally need a 3.0 GPA to qualify for their certification, although those with a 2.75 GPA or higher can still qualify with higher certification test scores.

Step 2: Pass edTPA Certification Test

The edTPA assesses an applicant's practical teaching skills. Those taking the edTPA in the 2017-2018 school year only need to complete the assessment. A passing score of one error less than the national standard passing score will be implemented for those who take the test in the 2018-2019 school year. As of 2019-2020 passing score standards will be introduced by the state of New Jersey.

Step 3: Pass Praxis Certification Tests

Health teachers in New Jersey must pass the Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge test. The passing score is 160. Those who have a GPA of 2.75 or higher but less than 3.0 must earn a 176 to qualify for certification. Applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or higher only need a score of 152 on this test to qualify.

Step 4: Apply For Certification

To obtain your CEAS you must complete an application form, provide any required documentation to establish you have completed all the certificate requirements and pay a fee of $170.

Teacher Certification Resources

The links listed here connect to materials that can be used to prepare for the praxis exam requirements to become a health teacher in New Jersey.

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