How to Become a Middle School Math Teacher in New Jersey

Middle school math teachers in New Jersey must fulfill the minimum course requirements in mathematics and education when earning a bachelor's degree, maintain an acceptable GPA and pass several certification tests.

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New Jersey middle school math teachers are equipped to instruct students in grades 6, 7 and 8. They must have an academic background in mathematics and education, in addition to passing the required tests to qualify for teacher certification in New Jersey.

New Jersey Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Middle School Teachers in New Jersey (2016)* $71,000
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree in Education
Degree Field Mathematics or Elementary Education
Testing Requirements edTPA; Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators; Praxis Content Area Test

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

For entrance to teacher preparation programs, students will need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or be able to show minimum acceptable scores in the ACT, SAT, or GRE. Graduates from accredited bachelor's degree teacher preparation programs can qualify for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).

Students are required to complete a college course in child development that covers the development of children ages 11 through 14. CEAS applicants must also take one course to satisfy the physiology and hygiene requirement for certification. They can opt to take a course in health, biology or nutrition to fulfill this requirement. They are exempt from this course requirement if they can demonstrate they have completed military training.

Their studies must be part of an approved teacher preparation program that includes education courses needed to prepare them to teach. All teacher preparation programs also require student teaching assignments so that graduates have practical experience.

In order to qualify for the CEAS to teach middle school mathematics, applicants must also obtain the CEAS for mathematics or for elementary education. Elementary education applicants must complete 60 liberal arts credits as part of their undergraduate studies, which can include mathematics courses. Mathematics applicants must earn at least 30 mathematics credits, with 12 or more credits from the junior, senior or graduate studies levels. Education courses can't be used to fulfill these academic requirements.

Teachers in New Jersey are expected to graduate from college with a 3.0 GPA, although there are some test score adjustments that will allow those with a 2.75 GPA to meet the teacher certification requirements.

Step 2: Pass edTPA Certification Test

Students must take the edTPA. As of the 2017-2018 school year there was no passing score set for this test, and applicants only needed to complete the evaluation. As of the 2018-2019 school year applicants will need to score within one standard error of measurement below the recommended national passing score for the edTPA. As of the 2019-2020 school, year New Jersey will establish its own passing score requirement.

Step 3: Pass Praxis Certification Tests

Aspiring middle school mathematics teachers normally need a grade of 165 or higher to pass the Middle School Mathematics test. Those who earn less than a 3.0 GPA during their postsecondary studies must earn a score of 182 to pass the Middle School Mathematics test. Applicants who graduated with a GPA of 3.5 or more only need to score 157 or higher. Students earning an elementary education endorsement must also take the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects content exam.

Step 4: Apply For Certification

A $170 fee should be submitted with an application form and the required documentation needed to establish that you fulfill the certification requirements. Middle school mathematics teachers need to apply for the CEAS for elementary school or mathematics as well as the middle school: mathematics CEAS.

Teacher Certification Resources

To get ready for the Praxis tests required to become a middle school math teacher in New Jersey, use the resources linked to here.

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