Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - New Jersey


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/req/
State information on reciprocity http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/out/reciprocity.htm
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. New Jersey is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No. However, to be eligible for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, out-of-state candidates must hold an equivalent certificate which included a clinical practice or “student teaching” component. Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? N/A. The state does not have additional coursework requirements in place.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Out-of-state candidates who begin teaching in the 2017-18 academic year must pass an approved performance assessment or submit evidence of having passed a performance assessment approved by their issuing state in order to receive a standard “Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing”, unless the candidate holds National Board for Professional Teacher Standards or the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate designation. Candidates who did not take a state-approved performance assessment because it was not required are issued a provisional “Certificate of Eligibility”, subject to meeting other requirements. Out-of-state candidates must also pass the relevant New Jersey subject matter tests or submit evidence of passing their issuing state’s subject matter test. N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.8
Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? No. However, out-of-state candidates who hold a valid standard certificate issued by another state and demonstrate at least two effective years of teaching within three consecutive years of the last four calendar years, as documented by letter from applicant's supervisor or appropriate district representative may be eligible to receive a Standard Certificate.
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? Yes. To obtain a Standard Certificate, out-of-state candidates must either hold a valid certificate issued by another state and demonstrate at least two years of teaching within three consecutive years of the last four calendar years as documented by letter from the applicant’s supervisor or hold a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certificate. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. New Jersey has two main licensure levels: Provisional and Standard. Out-of-state candidates meeting the requirements for licensure may be eligible to receive a Standard Certificate if they hold a valid certificate issued by another state and demonstrate at least two years of teaching within three consecutive years of the last four calendar years as documented by letter from the applicant’s supervisor or hold a National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certificate. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. State statute requires the State Board of Education to establish a procedure for the issuance of a temporary instructional certificate to a nonresident military spouse so that a board of education can employ the spouse as a teacher on a temporary basis while he/she completes any additional requirements for an instructional certificate that were not required in the issuing state. He/she must: 1) hold a valid, current and comparable license issued by another state, 2) demonstrate competency in a manner determined by the State Board of Examiners, such as having taught successfully for at least three years, and 3) pay applicable licensing fees. The certificate is valid for 180 days but may be extended at the discretion of the State Board of Examiners. N.J.S.A. 18A:26-2.14

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