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Becoming A Teacher in New Jersey: Career Information

New Jersey has 36 schools that offer programs for teachers. Get some information about the degree programs and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Schools with Teacher Training Programs in New Jersey

In order to become certified to teach in New Jersey, prospective educators must complete state-approved degree programs and earn initial or provisional teaching certification. Information about two New Jersey universities, one located in northern New Jersey and the other close to the central part of the state, is found below. Learn about the levels of teaching programs, areas of specialization and curricula offered at these schools. The informative table at the bottom of this article details other important facts about these two schools to aid the decision-making process.

  • Montclair State University, situated in northern New Jersey's Montclair, offers bachelor's degrees in physical education and in family and child studies. This school also offers master's degrees in elementary teaching and content area teaching for K-12.
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick offers 5-year programs that award both bachelor's and master's degrees in English education, social studies, elementary special education and many more specialty areas. Students may also earn master's degrees in foreign language or math education at this centrally located campus.

Comparison of Schools

In addition to considering locations and available degree programs, students may also want to look at various factors for each school. The handy table below details facts about enrollment, tuition, admissions and financial aid to further ease the selection process.

Montclair State University Rutgers University - New Brunswick
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 21,013* 49,577*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $12,455 (in-state)
$20,567 (out-of-state)*
$14,638 (in-state)
$30,579 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017-2018) 80%* 69%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) 71%* 58%*
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017) 80%* 94%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011) 65%* 80%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Montclair State University

Montclair State University, a 4-year public university, was founded in 1908. It has more than 20,000 students, and several degree programs support those interested in becoming teachers.

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

This program is for those who want to teach physical education or health. A student who wants to get his or her certification will be able to take the Teacher Education Program as long as he or she meets the GPA requirements. Along with having an overall GPA of 2.75, students must maintain that same GPA within their major classes.

Bachelor of Arts in Family Science and Human Development - Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification in Grades K-6

While learning specifically about the family for an early and middle childhood concentration, this program prepares future teachers to educate children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Family topics in the curriculum include health, development and relationships. Once students complete this program, they are able to obtain New Jersey's provisional elementary certification.

Bachelor of Arts Family Science and Human Development - Families, Children and School Settings Concentration with Teacher Certification in Grades P-3

Students in this program, which focuses on preschool through third grade, also study the family. Those who finish can get a provisional state certification for those levels. After completion, along with being able to teach in a public school, students can work in daycare centers or preschool programs.

Master of Arts in Teaching for Elementary Education

This 39-credit program gives students the tools to teach kindergarten through sixth grade as they earn a master's degree and initial certification. Students must already have a related bachelor's degree in liberal arts.

Master of Arts in Teaching (Content Area)

Successful students receive a master's degree and certification to teach kindergarten through 12th grade, focusing in a particular school subject. Content areas in the arts, English, science, math, social studies and physical education are available for students to pursue.

Rutgers University -New Brunswick

Of the more than 49,000 students who attend Rutgers, 82% are residents of New Jersey. Its three campuses are in Newark, New Brunswick and Camden. The School of Education on the New Brunswick campus offers multiple options for people who want to become teachers.

Bachelor's Degree and Master of Education in English Education

This 5-year combined program lets students receive both bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as teaching certification. It prepares candidates to teach literature and writing lessons in kindergarten through 12th grade. Once students complete the program, the school recommends certification from the state's Department of Education.

Master of Education in Foreign Language Education

Along with receiving a master's degree, students can become certified to teach foreign languages. To enroll, students must already have a baccalaureate degree. Professors instruct M.Ed. candidates on the analysis and assessment of language, test development and teaching strategies.

Bachelor's Degree and Master of Education for Special and Elementary Education

Students in this 5-year program earn both bachelor's and master's degrees and become certified. The program covers special education for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) and elementary education for kindergarten through fifth grade.

Master of Education in Mathematics Education

This program prepares participants not only to teach math but also to learn it. Those who want to teach elementary, middle, high school or college can enroll. This program is also appropriate for students who want to conduct research about math education.

Bachelor's Degree and Master of Education in Social Studies Education

Through this 5-year combined program, students receive bachelor's and master's degrees, along with initial teaching certification. The program includes student teaching and field research. History, anthropology, political science and women's studies are among the possible undergraduate majors allowed in this program.

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