The typical certification for a physics teacher in New Jersey is the Physics Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). This qualifies individuals to teach physics to high school students. New Jersey high school teachers enjoy strong salaries, with secondary school teachers earning the 4th-highest salaries in the United States in May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
New Jersey Requirements for Physics Teachers
|Average Salary for Teachers in New Jersey (2016)*||$75,250 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||edTPA; Praxis|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
To qualify for certification, it is necessary to earn a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, although those with a 2.75 GPA or higher can seek certification if they earn higher Praxis test scores.
Aspiring physics teachers must also complete the following:
- 18 physics credits from any postsecondary grade level
- 12 physics credits from junior, senior or graduate grade levels
- A teacher preparation program
Approved teacher preparation programs can be taken after earning a degree or as part of undergraduate studies. They include completing education courses and developing practical skills through student teaching assignments.
Step 2: Pass edTPA Certification Test
The edTPA is designed to assess an applicant's practical teaching skills. New Jersey will set its own passing test score requirements for the edTPA as of the 2019-2020 school year. Those taking the edTPA in the 2017-2018 school year are only required to complete it. There is no minimum passing score requirement that needs to be met. Those who take the edTPA in the 2018-2019 school year will need to score within one error less than the national recommended passing score for the edTPA.
Step 3: Meet Physiology and Health Requirements
Aspiring physics teachers must satisfy a physiology and hygiene requirement. This can be met by taking a course in health, nutrition or biology. It can also be fulfilled by completing military training or by passing a 35-question test in a true or false format.
Step 4: Pass Praxis Certification Tests
In order to teach physics it is necessary to pass two Praxis exams. The General Science: Content Knowledge test has a standard passing score of 152 while the Physics: Content Knowledge requires a grade of 141 or more to pass.
Individuals who have a GPA that is 2.75 or higher but less than 3.0 may meet the certification requirements by earning higher scores on these tests. A grade of 167 is needed on the General Science: Content Knowledge test while these applicants need 155 or higher on the Physics: Content Knowledge test.
Step 5: Apply For Certification
To receive your physics CEAS you must pay an application fee of $170 and complete an application form. You must also supply any supporting documentation required to establish your qualifications.