The state of New Jersey has a fair number of schools that offer professional courses for educators. Some of these institutions offer classes or workshops to educators to help expand their knowledge base in a variety of areas; class content is usually expressed by course title. According to the New Jersey Department of Education, as of 2013, educators must complete at least 20 hours of professional development each year and develop a professional development plan.
Here are some of the many professional development courses offered at eight New Jersey schools.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College is a two-year school offering certificates and associate's degree programs. The school has a Center for Teaching Excellence program designed to offer the latest information on teaching methods, cutting-edge technology and more. The courses range from kindergarten to 12th grade workshops to training on substitute teaching methods. The courses are taught by master educators and are approved by the NJEA Professional Development Institute.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College offers professional development courses for teachers through the Center for Continuing Studies in Lawrenceville. The school offers an array of courses that range from a 24-hour pre-service program to subject specific courses, like children's language and literature. The school also offers a course on how to become an effective substitute teacher.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark's New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) offers 125 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. This technical institute offers professional development training in STEM for educators through the Center for Pre College Programs. The courses examine medibotics, research experiences, evaluation and computing. Teachers and educators can also take part in the Education and Training Institute, which offers workshops at an educator's school. Workshops cover lessons, curriculum modules and hands-on training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Ocean County College
Ocean County College in Toms River serves more than 10,000 students each year. The school has partnered with the College Board to offer advanced placement and continuing education courses to teachers. These workshops are available in history, Spanish language, literature, science and psychology. Additional courses are offered in politics, statistics and calculus.
Glassboro's Rowan University offers teacher development courses through the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. At the Office of Professional Development, teachers can complete several rotating workshops that qualify for professional development hours. Current workshops as of July 2013 examined accounting technology, current trends for administrators, teaching writing and educational technology.
The Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education at Rutgers University in Piscataway offers professional development courses for NJ teachers. The courses cover subjects like technology in the classroom, math strategies and learning. The one-day programs rotate and vary depending on the year they are offered.
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
In Hammonton, K-12 educators can complete professional development courses at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The classes are offered through the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center. The courses examine classroom management and curriculum content through courses, like successful and sustainable programs and at-risk students, as well as technology integration, like safe social networking, iPad operations and applications.
William Paterson University of New Jersey
William Paterson University of New Jersey is located in Wayne. The school offers many professional development courses for educators. For teachers of kindergarten to eighth grade students music literacy, geometric paper folding, painting and fraction courses are offered. Middle and secondary school instructors may explore literary fiction, math and science classes. For teachers that fall into the pre-kindergarten through 12th levels, classes are available in engagement techniques, web applications and online portfolios.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Professional Development Courses Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Brookdale Community College||2-year, public, large suburb||K-12 Grade Workshops|| $4,869 in-district
|Mercer County Community College||2-year, public, N/A|| Teacher Tool Belt,
Professionals and Your Professional Resource File,
Children's Language and Literature
| $4,206 in-district
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||4-year, public, large city||Medibotics,
Research Experiences for Teachers,
Leaders of Learners in STEM,
Cloud Computing Workshop for Teachers
| $17,338 in-state
|Ocean County College||2-year, public, large suburb||Biology,
English Language & Composition
| $4,555 in-district
|Rowan University||4-year, public, large suburb||School District/Teacher Development|| $13,697 in-state
|Rutgers University||4-year, public, N/A||Mathematics Workshops|| $14,974 in-state
|The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey||4-year, public, N/A|| Introduction to Edmodo, Safe Social Networking,
iPad Operations & Applications,
Smart Notebook Lessons, Make & Take,
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
| $13,739 in-state
|William Paterson University of New Jersey||4-year, public, large suburb||Creating Tiered Assignments,
Using Music to Support Literacy,
From Web 2.0 to Apps,
Primary Digital Portfolios
| $13,060 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator