I have completed my education in a foreign country
Step 1. Certification Requirements
Locate the certificate you want to apply for.
Step 2. Certificate Types
Step 2. Certificate Types:
There are three different types of certificates to choose from: CE, CEAS, and Standard.
Certificate Type: CE
The certificate of eligibility is a credential with lifetime validity issued to an individual who has not completed a teacher preparation program. Please submit the out-of-state Alternate Route Program form.
Certficate Type: CEAS
The certifificate of eligibility with advanced standing is a credential issued to an individual who has completed a teacher preparation program. The CEAS is issued to an individual who does not hold a NJ standard certificate or has not completed one year of full-time teaching under a valid out-of-state instructional certificate.
Certficate Type: Standard
This is a permanent certificate issued to an individual who has met all requirements for state certification. This certificate is issued to an individual who has successfully completed the PTP program, holds a previously issued NJ standard instructional certificate, or someone who holds a valid out-of-state standard instructional certificate with one year of full-time teaching experience under the certificate.
Step 3. Praxis Test
Take any applicable Praxis II: Subject Assessment/Specialty Area test(s). Test registration procedures, registration form and other information are available through the Praxis Web site at www.ets.org/praxis or the School Leadership Series Web site at www.ets.org/sls. Online registration is also available.
Step 4. Transcript Evaluation
Obtain a transcript evaluation. The NJ Department Of Education is not authorized to determine the equivalent of studies completed in other countries for education in the United States. Applicants should therefore consult a credential evaluation service by searching the yellow pages or internet. These agencies charge various fees for the credentials evaluation.
Applicants choosing to consult a credentials evaluation service should request the following:
- The equivalent of studies to a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college program;
- The semester-hour equivalent of each area of college-level study. Please request the two-part evaluation that includes a course-by-course listing;
- The cumulative baccalaureate grade point average for teacher certification applicants.
Step 5. Apply Online
Please apply online at NJ Department of Education for certification through TCIS and pay the fee at https://www20.state.nj.us/DOE_TCIS_ONLINEED//login.jsp.
Step 6. Applicant Checklist
After applying online, please submit ALL necessary documentation together IN A SINGLE PACKET to the NJ DOE in order to complete your application. Please submit the following documents: either US citizen Oath of Allegiance (or Non-US Citizen Oath of Allegiance and Non-Citizen Affidavit of Intent to Become a Citizen) , official sealed transcripts and transcript evaluation, and a letter of experience(if applicable)
Please click the link below for specific certification requirements.
Please click the link below to apply online.