New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

World Languages

Latin Test Requirement for New Teacher Candidates

According to licensing requirements passed by the New Jersey State Board of Education in January 2004:

6A:9-11.10

(a)     In addition to the requirements in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-8.1, to be eligible for the CE, CEAS or standard certificate with a world language endorsement, the candidate shall:

1. Possess linguistic competency in the designated world language as demonstrated on a Department-approved, nationally recognized test of oral language proficiency for spoken language, reading/writing proficiency for classical languages or receptive/expressive proficiency for American Sign Language; and

2. Complete a minimum of three semester-hour credits in second language acquisition theory and related methodologies offered by a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

(b)     Elementary school teachers assigned to teach world languages shall comply with the requirements in (a) 1 and 2 above.

This means that in addition to requirements outlined in the licensing code to obtain certification to teach a world language, candidates who wish to teach Latin must pass a reading/writing proficiency test.

Latin Test Information

The Latin Test for Teacher Certification meets the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards for reading and writing at the Advanced Level, and assumes a comprehensive knowledge of the Latin language and Roman culture. There are 100 multiple choice questions. Eighty questions are on the Latin language and 20 questions deal with Roman culture, mythology, history and daily life. The passing grade is 75.

To arrange for an administration of the Latin Test for Teacher Certification, contact:

Frederick J. Booth, Chair
Classical Studies Department,
246a Fahy Hall, Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079
boothfre@shu.edu
(973) 761-9458 (Office)
(732) 846-1325 (Home)

The fee for the test is $119.  Please bring with you a check in that amount, made payable to Seton Hall University.

Directions to Seton Hall: http://www.shu.edu/admit/direct/direct.html.  When you enter the campus, the guard will guide you to parking and to Fahy Hall. 

To obtain a copy of the Study Guide for the Latin Test for Teacher Certification, contact:

Cheri Quinlan, world languages coordinator, at: 609-777-1478 or cheri.quinlan@doe.state.nj.us.