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Certification & Induction

Chapter 9: A One-Stop Reference To Policies, Regulations And Implementation

Preparation

Pathways to Standard Certification: CEAS Educator Preparation Programs (CEAS_EPP)
1. For students who start a CEAS educator preparation program in 2016, but are part-time, can they complete the program as it was when they started? They will graduate in May 2018.

The program structure that a candidate is required to complete is dependent upon when they begin clinical practice. Any candidate who begins clinical practice in the 2018-2019 school year or thereafter will need to complete the new requirements.

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

2. Is the full-time semester of clinical practice (formerly student teaching) supposed to be 15 weeks long?

The semester of full-time clinical practice semester must be a minimum of 12 weeks long. A program has the discretion to extend the full-time clinical practice placement beyond the minimum.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

3. Will there be any special requirement for cooperating teachers?

Cooperating teachers must be rated as "effective" or "highly effective" on the most recent summative evaluation. A cooperating teacher in a school or district not required to issue summative evaluations must demonstrate at least one year f effective teaching on the most recent evaluation.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(h) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

4. For clinical practice, who will deal with payment of cooperating teachers, adjunct staff?

The Department does not require any payments from the clinical intern or school district to the cooperating teacher or adjunct staff. Therefore, any payment to the cooperating teacher and/or adjunct staff is at the discretion of the educator preparation provider.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(i) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

5. What will the standards be for supervision of the clinical experience since many of the supervisors are not part of the college/university faculty?

Supervision of the clinical experience requirement will be at the discretion of the educator preparation provider. Providers must explain this supervision as part of the program approval application.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(f) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

6. Can a candidate utilize a GPA from a partially completed program for admission to a teacher preparation program? 

For admission to a post-baccalaureate or graduate preparation program, the individual's GPA must come from a completed undergraduate or advanced degree program.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.3 Admission to CEAS educator preparation programs

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.6 Post-baccalaureate and graduate-level educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/faq/faq_rpr.shtml#prepregs

7. The Department requires 175 hours of total clinical practice prior to full-time clinical practice. Out of the 175 hours of clinical practice, are the 75 hours classified as clinical practice or can those hours be added to clinical experience?

The remaining 75 hours are considered clinical practice hours. A minimum of 100 hours must be completed in the semester immediately preceding the full-time clinical practice semester. Any hours left to achieve the full 175 hour clinical practice requirement must contain the activities, level of responsibility, and support from an Effective or Highly Effective cooperating teacher consistent with clinical practice requirements.

Example: If full-time clinical practice takes place during the spring semester of senior year, 100 hours would take place in the fall semester of the senior year. The remaining 75 hours could be completed during the spring semester of the junior year or be split between the fall and spring semesters of the junior year.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c)  Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

8. Is clinical experience a supervised clinical component? If not, what documentation is required/acceptable to determine demonstrations of professional knowledge and dispositions?

These experiences are guided and facilitated by the preparation program. The supervision of the candidates is left to the provider's discretion just as previous regulations allowed for provider discretion of practicum candidates. The provider will determine the supervision and required documentation for proof of completion of clinical experience hours.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4 Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

N.J.A.C. 6A:9-2.1 (for definition of "clinical experience")

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

9. If accompanied by documentation, would work experience in a P-12 setting (public or private teaching assistant, classroom aide, camp counselor etc.) be accepted in lieu of the 50 hours of clinical experience required for CEAS educator preparation program candidates?

Clinical experience should be integrated into the preparation program or completed as a requirement at a partner community college, if applicable. Work experience may not be accepted in lieu of the 50 hours of clinical experience unless the work experience is part of the approved program. The only candidates that are exempt from the clinical component are teachers in a post-baccalaureate or MAT program who hold standard instructional certificates or teachers who provide documentation of one year of effective teaching.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(a) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

10. It is important to be able to distinguish between activities that are considered "clinical experience" and and activities that are considered "clinical practice.Is there a list activities that are considered "clinical practice"?

Yes, a list of allowable activities can be found on page 3 of the cited document below:

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

11. Will candidates who are currently enrolled in a preparation program but become "off-track" and do not complete the program by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year be grandfathered in under the old program requirements?

Since this is a programming requirement and not all programs operate in the same way (i.e., some programs are a duration of two semesters while others are three to seven semesters), the provider has the discretion to determine the appropriate clinical practice requirement for candidates enrolled in the program who become "off-track". The expectation is that all candidates who begin clinical practice in the 2018-19SY will engage in the full-year practice but we understand that there may be exceptions to this rule for the 2018-19SY at the discretion of the provider.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

12. Can a CEAS educator preparation program offer "conditional admission" to students who have not yet met the basic skills requirement? If yes, may a program make that known in their recruitment materials? 

Yes, a program may conditionally accept candidates into a program who have not yet met the basic skills requirement for a set amount of time as long as it has a consistent policy in place. The program may also advertise this feature in its recruitment materials.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.3 Admission to CEAS educator preparation programs

13. Must the 100 hours of clinical practice required in the semester preceding the semester of full-time clinical practice occur in a single course, or may it be spread out among more than one course in that semester?

You may offer clinical practice hours in multiple courses. You do not need to confine the hours to one course. However, the candidate should be in one placement for the entire experience, where possible, despite completing the hours as part of multiple courses.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

14. At least 100 hours of clinical practice must occur in the semester preceding the semester of full-time clinical practice. Does that 100 hours have to be in the same school as the full-time clinical practice semester placement?

Ideally, it should take place in the same location as the full-time semester, since that enables a teacher candidate to be deeply embedded in a school community throughout the course of the entire year.
That said, the candidate may complete the 100 hours in a different placement from the full time semester, if needed.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4 Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

15. Can students that have completed all requirements for a program prior to passing the Praxis II, take and pass the Praxis II after graduation and apply for a CEAS?

Yes, a candidate who completes a program but does not pass the Praxis II until after graduation may individually apply to the Department for his or her CEAS.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.5(b) Recommendations for a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS)

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.3 Requirements for certificates of eligibility (CE)

16. Do the clinical hours prior to student teaching include the junior practicum?

The clinical practice hours required in the semester(s) immediately preceding the full-time clinical practice semester may include what many programs have called the "junior practicum."  What matters is that candidates engage in experiences considered clinical practice during that time. Please see the linked document below for more information on what experiences are considered clinical practice.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

17. If the clinical practice placement is not a good fit for the candidate, may the placement be changed?

Providers must continue to have procedures for determining what happens if a clinical practice placement is not a good fit for a candidate and continue to have the discretion to remove the candidate from that placement if needed and put him or her in a different placement.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4  Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

18. What if a candidate in a CEAS educator preparation program is seeking a secondary content endorsement and desires exposure to both middle and high school settings?

Providers should leverage the clinical experience placements to provide a diversity of experiences for candidates including exposure to a middle school and/or high school setting. Providers may also utilize the program approval process to apply to offer a program in which candidates complete clinical practice in multiple settings.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4(c) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/ProposedClinicalExperienceExtension.pdf

19. Can candidates still complete a semester abroad with the new requirements?

Providers continue to have the discretion to allow candidates to complete a semester abroad during the preparation program. Candidates completing a semester abroad must still complete all program and certification requirements prior to applying for certification.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4 et al. CEAS Educator Preparation Programs

20. When is the deadline for CEAS program approval applications to be submitted to the NJDOE for approval?

All CEAS programs are required to revise programs to meet the new code.  In doing so, program changes must be approved by September 1, 2018, to remain in compliance with regulations.

 There are two program approval review windows

  • Spring window:  Submit by April 1, 2017; receive notification by August 31, 2017
  • Fall window: Submit by November 1, 2017; receive notification by March 31, 2018

The online portal will allow applications to be completed on an ongoing basis, but submission date will determine the window in which the review will take place.

See the program approval website for more information on the review process and timeline.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2 /Approval process for educator preparation programs

21. Is a speech and hearing assessment still required of all candidates entering teacher preparation?

Current regulations require an assessment of basic skills for program entry, but do not require preparation providers to screen candidates for speech and hearing abilities as a criterion for admission.  Providers continue to have the discretion to require admissions criteria above and beyond the regulations, but the Department is not mandating that this screening occur.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.1/ CEAS educator preparation program implementation

22. Are cooperating teachers paid for their service? If so, who is responsible for paying them?

Any payment to the cooperating teacher and adjunct faculty is at the discretion of the educator preparation provider.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.2/ CEAS educator preparation program course requirements

23. Do CEAS candidates who have completed all requirements except student teaching by fall 2018 need to complete the new Clinical Practice requirements (175 hours + one full-time semester)?

Yes, any candidate that begins clinical practice (student teaching) during the 2018-2019 school year will be required to complete a full year of clinical practice.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4/ Clinical component and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation program

24. Can the minimum of 100 hours of clinical practice prior to the full-time semester be divided among multiple courses?

Yes, the clinical practice hours may be offered in multiple courses; the hours do not need to be confined to only one course. However, the candidate should be in one placement for the entire experience, where possible, despite completing the hours as part of multiple courses. Details

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.4/ Clinical component and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation program

25. If a college or university has its own internal program approval process that requires several steps, how does the state program approval process coordinate with it?

A formal approval by the state will not be completed until after the program is approved by the institution.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-4.1/ CEAS educator preparation program implementation

Pathways to Standard Certification: CE Educator Preparation Programs (CE-EPP)
1. What type of tutoring may count for the clinical component of 50 hours of pre-service for CE educator preparation program candidates?

Tutoring consists of one-on-one or small group instruction to P-12 students that is planned and facilitated by the candidate.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3(a) Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation program

2. Will the required 50 hours of pre-service for CE educator preparation program candidates require experience in urban areas?

No there is no formal requirement of urban, suburban, or rural experience for the 50 hours of CE pre-service preparation.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3(a) Clinical components and candidate supervision for CEAS educator preparation programs

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/CEChanges.pdf

3. Given all teachers are required to earn at least two successful ratings of Effective or Highly Effective on their AchieveNJ evaluations to earn a standard certificate, at minimum, how many years could it take for a provisional teacher who enters through the alternate-route to get a standard certificate with a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) endorsement?

A provisional teacher completing a TOSD program concurrently with the 400-hour CE program could earn the standard certificate in both areas in as few as two years if the candidate completes all coursework and earns an Effective or Highly Effective summative rating each year. However, a provisional teacher may have up to six years to complete the TOSD and CE program requirements to earn the standard certificate.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-11.4(j) Teacher of students with disabilities

4. What happens to candidates who were previously enrolled in the 13 semester hour P-3 program, but who have not completed by the September 2017 implementation date?

If a candidate did not complete a preparation program by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, he/she will need to meet the new requirements. This should be messaged to candidates enrolling in any 13 credit P-3 program next year.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.2(b) Admission to CE educator preparation programs

5. If one completes all formal instruction for one's certificate by June 2017, but has not completed mentoring and evaluation for the standard certificate, will the formal instruction be accepted or will the person have to complete one of the new programs?

If a candidate has completed a preparation program prior to the 2017-18 school year then he/she will not need to complete a new program even if the candidate is still finishing other requirements (such as mentoring and evaluation) for the standard certificate.

If a candidate did not complete a preparation program by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, he/she will need to enroll in a new program. The new program may accept up to 100 hours of previously completed coursework and count it toward completion of the new program.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.2(b) Admission to CE educator preparation program

6. Do CE programs operate differently if accommodating candidates that are hired in private schools?

No, CE programs must meet the same requirements for approval whether serving public or private schools.  The program approval application will allow space for CE programs to explain how they will accommodate candidates in both public and private schools.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval process for educator preparation programs

7. How will the Department ensure that the 50-hour pre-service requirement is differentiated for candidates based on the endorsement they are seeking?

The program offices at the NJDOE are involved in the review of program applications and work together to ensure that specific content is presented during pre-service to meet specialized endorsement requirements.   In the program approval application, providers must demonstrate instruction and clinical experiences for each individual program. Details

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

8. Do candidates completing Preschool through Grade Three (P-3) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TOSD) preparation programs concurrently complete two 50-hour programs to be eligible for a provisional certificate?

No, candidates completing P-3 and TOSD programs concurrently complete 50 hours of pre-service preparation as part of the P-3 program only.  Candidates do not complete 50 hours of pre-service as part of the TOSD preparation program.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

9. Effective 9/1/2017, do all P-3 candidates (even those currently enrolled in a program) need to complete the 24 credits and the edTPA?

Candidates enrolled before September 1, 2016, will be allowed to complete their current program within four years. Educator preparation providers will be responsible for notifying the Department of which candidates are eligible for this exception. All other candidates for the P-3 endorsement must complete the 50 hours of per-service and 24 credits prior to applying for a standard certificate.  Candidates beginning teaching with a provisional certificate in the 2017-18 school year must also complete the edTPA prior to applying for a standard certificate.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.2/Admission to CE educator preparation programs

10. What happens to P-3 CE holders who already have a K-5 or K-6 standard, but needed a CE to be moved into a preschool classroom?

As of 9/1/2017, any P-3 CE holders who have not yet obtained their P-3 standard will need to complete a 24-credit P-3 program. 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.2/Admission to CE educator preparation programs

11. Should candidates who complete an alternate-route program, but continue into the MAT program, be included as alternate-route only?

If a candidate is currently being trained in an approved program, he/she needs to be reported in Title II.  There are 3 options: traditional, alternate IHE-based or alternate non-IHE based.  If a candidate completes the program before a masters is completed, then he/she is still included in an alternate route IHE-based program, and when he/she  completes the MAT, he/she would be counted in his/her MAT completion at that point.  It is dependent on how the provider defines "program completion".

12. How do P-3 programs structure the pre-professional portion of the requirements for in-service teachers?

Regardless of the placement type, candidates are required to complete the pre-service portion of the program prior to earning a provisional certificate.  The program approval application will allow space for P-3 programs, as well as all other CE programs, to explain how students will be accommodated in both public and private schools.  Programs could also structure pre-service to be support provided to candidates during the first portion of their employment, if the candidate is hired in a private school.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

13. How much of this pre-professional clinical experience is the district's responsibility?

Preparation programs may partner with districts to create a placement for candidates to complete the pre-professional component of the program.  Providing pre-professional preparation is ultimately a responsibility of the program, though we encourage districts to be active partners in the preparation of candidates.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

14. For CTE candidates, would professional experience satisfy the 20 hours of clinical experience required as part of the pre-professional portion of the program?

To satisfy the clinical experience requirement of the pre-professional preparation, candidates must plan and deliver instruction to P-12 students.  If the professional experience is part of the program and includes delivering instruction to P-12 students, then it may count toward the pre-professional program.  It is important to note that experience completed prior to entering the program may not be counted towards the 10 hours of clinical experience.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.6 CE educator preparation programs for documented areas of teacher shortage

15. How do we handle mid-year replacements?

Providers will determine procedures for accepting mid-year hires into preparation programs.  These procedures will be reviewed as part of the program approval application.  The Department will continue to host a series of working group sessions to allow providers to discuss how they'll meet the new regulations.  Sessions will dedicate time to having providers discuss their ideas and share best practices about how to handle mid-year hires.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

16. What happens if a teacher loses his or her job during the two-year period?

Providers will determine procedures on whether to allow candidates to complete the preparation program in the event of a loss of employment.   This is at the discretion of the provider.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

17. When does the 50-hour pre-professional requirement become effective?  When do CE-Educational Preparation Programs (EPPs) have to stop offering the 24-hour program?

Candidates who begin teaching in the 2017-18 school year and thereafter will need to complete the full 400 hour program including the 50 hours of pre-professional experience.  Approval for 24-hour programs will expire July 31, 2017 and may not be offered beyond the expiration date.  Candidates must complete the 24-hour course to be eligible for a CE until June 30, 2017.  Candidates beginning teaching in the 2017-18 academic year will be eligible to obtain a CE without the 50 hours of pre-service completed but will not be issued a provisional certificate until that component of the program is complete.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

18. The program must be two years minimum in duration.  Is the two-year minimum for the program course work or for the clinical experience, or both?

The program is a minimum of two years in duration which includes both the pre-professional component, as well as the in-service component. 

N.J.A.C.  6A:9B-8.4/ Requirements for the provisional certificate

19. Is the coursework for CE holders approximately a six course program after completion of the pre-professional experience, and does this coursework spans two years?  Is the 350 hours to be completed during this two year period?  
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The program must be 24 credits (or 350 hours) + the 50 hours of pre-professional experience.  This must be completed over a minimum of two years.  If your courses are four credits each, then it makes sense that candidates would complete six courses after the 50 hours of pre-professional experience and that would occur over at least two years.

N.J.A.C. 6A: 9A-5.4/ Additional curriculum and course requirements for CE educator preparation programs

20. For the pre-professional experience, is the provider responsible for placing the students for the 20 hours of clinical experience or does the candidate find a placement?  Does the provider need to employ college supervisors to oversee this experience? 

This is up to the discretion of the provider.  Providers must ensure that candidates complete this requirement but may determine whether to set the parameters and ask candidates to secure placements or provide the placements.  The supervision of candidates is also at the discretion of the provider.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.3/ Pre-professional component for CE educator preparation programs

21. What is the deadline for filing the CE preparation program application? 

The deadline for all CE (alternate route) programs to submit applications to continue operating for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond is November 1, 2016. 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval process for educator preparation programs

22. Since providers can offer dual endorsement P-3 and TOSD programs, would candidates enrolled in the dual programs be required to complete 48 credits or could it be a 24-to-48-credit program?

Effective academic year 2017-2018, provisional teachers holding a CE with a preschool through grade three endorsement must choose to complete either 350 hours of formal instruction pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-5.4(a)1 or 24 semester-hour credits of preschool through grade three pedagogy at a Department-approved New Jersey college or university program.  The instruction must be P-3-specific. 

For holders of a CE with a teacher of students with disabilities endorsement, provisional teachers must be enrolled at a Department-approved New Jersey college or university program that includes a range of 21 to 27 credit hours.  The required topics must be covered.

This does not mean that in order to obtain both you must have two separate sets of courses (24 credit P-3 and 21 to 27 credit TOSD).  A dual-program between 24 and 48 credits could satisfy the requirement.  Some of the courses could overlap if you plan to design a track specifically for this dual-program.  It is important to ensure that all topics listed in code are covered for both endorsements.  

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

23. Do we need to have course outlines or syllabi  attached to the application for all courses that will be offered in the revised program?

When completing the approval application, course descriptions for each course will be submitted.  The Department is no longer requiring the submission of syllabi with the application. During the review of any given application, the Department may contact providers for additional submissions (possibly syllabi) in order to grant approval.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

24. Can the CE preparation program be a blended program, offering both credits and hours?

Yes, there can be a combination of clock hours and credits.  Details

N.J.A.C.  6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

25. Would a candidate be able to work as an assistant teacher or associate teacher while completing the Commissioner-approved performance assessment, edTPA, as part of the CE preparation program?  
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Yes.  In the program approval application, the provider should indicate program entry requirements, as well as how much of the program a candidate can complete without obtaining a certificated teaching position. If a candidate is allowed to complete a full program without a job, then the program must arrange placement for the candidate to complete the edTPA.  In order to earn a standard license, candidates must be work under a provisional certificate and receive two effective or highly effective summative ratings. 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9A-3.2/ Approval Process for educator preparation programs

Teacher Performance Evaluation (EdTPA)
1. Can a CEAS candidate who starts before the 2017-18 cohort be exempted from the Performance Assessment requirement if they graduate in December 2017?

No, CEAS candidates graduating on or after September 1, 2017 must pass the performance assessment prior to applying for a CEAS. Candidates beginning a CE preparation program in the 2017-18 school year must pass the performance assessment prior to applying for a standard certificate. The Department will issue guidance later this year including cut scores and handbook alignment to the New Jersey instructional endorsements.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.2 Requirements for certificates of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS)

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7/Requirements for the standard certificates

2. For students who are getting dual certification, do they need to get EdTPA approval in both areas or can they get it in the content area and then add special education as an endorsement (without taking another EdTPA)?

Candidates applying for dual certification only need to complete one performance assessment that aligns to their clinical practice placement for CEAS candidates or their hired placement for CE holders.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.2 Requirements for certificates of eligibility with advanced standing (CEAS)

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.2 Requirements for certificates of eligibility (CE)

3. If a candidate comes from another state and holds a comparable CEAS, must he/she take the Teacher Performance Assessment?

If the candidate's state does not have a state approved performance assessment and the candidate has not passed the EdTPA for preparation program completion, then the candidate will be issued a CE until the performance assessment is completed.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.8 Requirements for interstate reciprocity for a CEAS, CE or standard certificate

4. Is the CE-EPP or alternate route provider responsible for overseeing a student's portfolio submission for the performance assessment and evaluations or are they the responsibility of the employer?

Only candidates who start the program after September 1, 2017 will be required to pass a performance assessment as a program completion requirement. As this is a requirement for program completion, the provider is responsible for preparing their candidates to pass the assessment before completing their program.

5. Whose responsibility is it to make sure candidates submit their assessment-the preparation program or the hiring district?

Since the performance assessment is a program completion requirement for all initial CE candidates, both the preparation program and the candidate are responsible for overseeing the submission of the assessment.  The hiring district should be involved in creating the conditions and offering support for candidates to complete the assessment.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7/Requirements for the standard certificates

6. Can edTPA be segmented and completed at different times in the preparation program?

Yes.  Completion of edTPA requires candidates to prepare, deliver, and assess a learning segment.  The tasks may be segmented into different parts of the semester depending on the candidate's placement, and based upon the preparation program's professional discretion. 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7/Requirements for the standard certificates

7. Who is responsible for overseeing candidates' portfolio submissions and evaluations?

Successful completion of the edTPA is a requirement for both standard certification and program completion for all CE candidates.  As this is a program completion requirement, providers are responsible for ensuring the candidates pass the assessment before completing a CE program.  The assessment is submitted for external scoring.  Overseeing the edTPA submission for candidates is not a responsibility of the employer. 

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.7/Requirements for the standard certificates