In New Jersey, mathematics teachers are generally certified to work with students of all grade levels. There are additional certification requirements for those who plan to teach middle school mathematics, however. New Jersey pays middle school teachers the 5th highest salary rates in the United States for middle school teachers, while their high school teachers earn the 4th highest salaries for secondary school teachers in the nation.
New Jersey Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in New Jersey (2016)*|| $71,000 (Middle School);
$75,250 (High School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Mathematics and Education|
|Testing Requirements||edTPA; Praxis|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
All aspiring mathematics teachers must complete the academic requirements to qualify for the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) in their chosen subject area.
Those planning to teach mathematics at the high school level will need to earn 30 mathematics credits, with at least 12 mathematics credits from junior-, senior- or graduate-level courses.
Aspiring middle school mathematics teachers have two paths of study from which to choose. The first requires at least 15 credits in mathematics, which can be counted toward a required 60 credits in liberal arts topics. The second option requires earning 30 credits in mathematics, with 12 credits occurring at the junior, senior, or graduate level.
Middle school teaching applicants are also expected to complete one course in child and early adolescent development that includes the development of children ages 11 through 14.
Aspiring middle and high school mathematics teachers must also satisfy a physiology and hygiene requirement. There are three ways to meet this requirement:
- Completing a course in nutrition, biology or health
- Passing a 35-question True/False test
- Completing military training
All CEAS applicants are also required to complete teacher preparation training. Some may opt to take a program after they have earned their bachelor's degree while others may pursue a degree that incorporates the teacher preparation requirements. Approved teacher preparation programs combine student teaching assignments and education courses so that graduates have the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to be an effective teacher.
Step 2: Pass edTPA Certification Test
New Jersey has adopted the edTPA to assess the teaching skills of certification applicants. The edTPA passing requirements are as follows:
|Academic Testing Year||Passing Requirements|
|2017-2018||Complete edTPA evaluation - no minimum passing score|
|2018-2019||Earn score that's one mistake below national edTPA passing score|
|2019-2020||Passing score to be determined|
Step 3: Pass Praxis Certification Tests
In order to qualify to teach mathematics at the high school level, it is necessary to take the Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam. Those who earned their degree with a 3.0 GPA need to score 160 or more to pass this test and qualify for certification.
Those who plan to teach middle school mathematics must take two Praxis exams. One is the Middle School Mathematics test. A grade of 165 is needed to pass if the applicant graduated college with a 3.0 GPA.
The second test required of middle school mathematics teachers depends on which course of study they chose. Those who opted for the liberal arts path would take the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects tests. Those who pursued a math-focused program of study would take the Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam.
For those pursuing certification that did not earn a 3.0 GPA but did graduate with a 2.75 GPA or higher there is still a possible path to certification. A score of 176 is needed on the Mathematics: Content Knowledge exam. The passing grade on the Middle School Mathematics test is 182 for these applicants.
Step 4: Apply For Certification
Once you have completed all the certification requirements you need to fill out an application form for certification. Applicants must submit that form, along with a $170 application fee, to the New Jersey State Department of Education. They must also include required paperwork, including a professional experience record, oath of allegiance and their transcripts.
Those pursuing middle school mathematics certification must apply for either their elementary K-6 certification (liberal arts path) or their mathematics certification (math-focused path) first. Once they have received their certification in one of those areas they can apply for their middle school mathematics certification.
Teacher Certification Resources
To prepare for the certification tests required to become a mathematics teacher in New Jersey use the study materials linked to below.