How to Become a Health Teacher in New Jersey

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.

View popular schools

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.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agricultural Education for Teachers
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Education for Teachers
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Driver Safety Teacher Education
  • English Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Education for Teachers
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Health Occupations Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Sales and Marketing Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Education for Teachers
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teaching, Computers
  • Teaching, Reading
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Vocational Teacher Education

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.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • MS in Health Education
    • MS in Education (for Practicing Teachers Grades K-12)
    • MS in Higher Ed - College Teaching and Learning
    • BS in Early Childhood Administration

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning
    • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
    • M.Ed. in Secondary Education
    • Master of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Education
    • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • B.S. in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Christian Education
    • BS in Early Childhood
    • B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Education - Character Education
    • Doctor of Education - Curriculum & Instruction
    • Ph.D. in Education - Character Education
    • Ph.D. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction
    • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership - Character Education
    • M.Ed. - Individualized Degree Program
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
    • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Christian School
    • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Elementary Education, B.A. without Licensure
    • Early Childhood Education, B.A. without Licensure

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Science
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics
    • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education Leadership

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • B.S. Early Childhood Education - Non-Licensure
    • A.S. Early Childhood Education

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MA in Education and Human Development in Organizational Leadership and Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?