All students in New Jersey begin receiving foreign language instruction by kindergarten. Foreign language studies are required each year until a student completes grade 9; students are also required to demonstrate a certain level of proficiency to graduate high school. Fortunately, prospective Spanish teachers in New Jersey can earn a credential that qualifies them to teach Spanish at all of these levels.
New Jersey Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in New Jersey (2016)*|| $40,720 (PreK)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Degree Field||Spanish and education|
|Testing Requirements||Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators; edTPA; Praxis World Language: Spanish|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
Earn a Bachelor's Degree
The main teacher certification in New Jersey is the Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). It requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution and completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program. Some bachelor's degree programs include teacher preparation, and it is also possible to complete teacher preparation after earning a degree.
As part of their degree studies, aspiring Spanish teachers must earn at least 30 Spanish credits. No less than 12 of those credits must be from courses that are offered at the junior, senior or graduate levels of study. Spanish CEAS applicants are also required to earn three credits in second language acquisition theory and related methodology.
Complete a Teacher Preparation Program
To gain admission into a teacher preparation program, students will need to pass the three Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exams: reading with a score of 156, writing with a score of 162, and mathematics with a score of 150. Teacher preparation programs include education courses that ensure that CEAS applicants have a strong academic foundation in education. Students taking teacher preparation programs must also complete student teaching assignments so that they develop practical skills before being certified.
All CEAS applicants must also meet the physiology and hygiene requirement. This can be done by passing an examination, by taking a biology, nutrition or health course, or by completing military training.
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Step 2: Pass edTPA Certification Test
The edTPA evaluates an applicant's practical teaching skills. This performance-based assessment currently has no passing score requirement. Completing the edTPA is enough to fulfill the certification requirements.
In the 2018-2019 school year, the edTPA passing requirements will change. Those being evaluated will need to earn a score that is no more than one standard error of measurement less than the national recommended passing score. New Jersey will introduce their own passing grade requirements as of the 2019-2020 school year.
Step 3: Pass the Praxis Subject Assessment Exam
Applicants who have a 3.0 GPA must score a 168 on the Spanish: World Language Praxis. Those who have a GPA of 2.75 or more can qualify for the CEAS with a score of 185 on this test while those with a 3.5 GPA or higher only need to earn 160 to pass the Spanish: World Language Praxis.
Step 4: Pass an Oral Language Examination
An oral test is part of the certification process for Spanish CEAS applicants. A score of an 'Advanced Low' or higher is required to pass the oral proficiency exam.
Step 5: Apply For Certification
CEAS applicants must complete an application form and pay the application fee, which is $170. They must also supply any documentation needed to verify they have fulfilled the certification requirements and qualify for the CEAS. This includes items like transcripts and a record of professional experience.