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Teaching Certification in NJ with Overview of Certificate Programs

There are roughly 40 schools in New Jersey that have teaching programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Aspiring and experienced teachers in New Jersey have multiple options to obtain or extend their teaching skills through degree and non-degree programs. Students can seek the education and training required for pre- and initial licensure, as well as additional endorsements for career advancement. Depending on the program, students can choose a specialization in a subject area or a particular academic level, like elementary education.


Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Rutgers University is a 4-year, public institution with three campuses. The largest is located in New Brunswick. Students attending this school can pursue a 5-year joint bachelor's/master's degree program in education as well as various graduate teaching certificate programs. In addition to the New Brunswick education programs, the Camden campus also offers five pre-licensure programs for preschool, elementary school, middle school, K-12 subject matter and special education.

Rutgers offers several options for those interested in a Master of Education degree, including such programs as early childhood and elementary education, mathematics education, counseling psychology and literacy. The programs also typically involve the production and defense of a graduate thesis, and the school offers a cohort fellowship program for students who'd like to teach in urban schools. A doctoral degree program is also available, with areas of concentration that include learning environment design, special education, leadership and math instruction.

Montclair State University

Montclair State University, located in the New Jersey township of Montclair, offers several undergraduate teacher pre-certification programs that prepare students to teach various age levels and subjects. Each of these programs involves extensive field work and student teaching, and the early childhood and elementary education programs require students to pass the PRAXIS II exam. Undergraduate students can also complete a physical education and health teacher certification program.

Students enrolled in the graduate certificate programs must have earned a master's degree, obtained state teaching certification and completed 2-4 years of teaching experience; these programs generally prepare students for administrative roles in education or reading specialist positions. Master's degree programs offer areas of specialization such as early childhood education or special education. While the doctoral degree program doesn't offer formal areas of concentration, elective course selections could allow students to focus on a specific subject or discipline.

School School Type and Setting Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Rutgers University - New Brunswick 4-year, public; small city Joint Bachelor of Arts/Master of Education Teacher Education Program
Graduate Teaching Endorsement Programs
Master of Education Programs
Doctor of Education in Education
$14,974 in-state,
$31,282 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$19,416 in-state ,
$31,488 out-of-state (graduate)*
Montclair State University 4-year, public; large suburb Undergraduate Pre-Certification Programs
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
Graduate Certificate Programs
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Education in Special Education
Doctor of Education in Teacher Education and Teacher Development
$12,790 in-state,
$20,578 out-of-state (undergraduate),
$12,837 in-state,
$18,525 out-of-state (graduate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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