Curriculum and Instruction
State of New Jersey
Department of Education
SUMMARY of N.J.A.C. 6:11-4.9
Criteria for Approval of International Agencies Operating Teacher Placement Programs
Agencies must provide the New Jersey Department of Education with:
Evidence of authorization by the U.S. State Department to sponsor J-1 visas.
Information on all aspects of the placement program, including:
-Orientation materials and procedures;
-References from other state agencies; and
-Evidence of having an established track record for teacher placement.
Details on how the agency determines the following:
-U.S. bachelor degree equivalency;
-College teacher placement equivalency;
-Authorization to teach; and
-Actual teaching experience.
Agencies must provide assistance to schools and international teachers with all aspects of the placement process in the following areas:
Selection of Participants:
-Recruitment and screening standards and process;
-Valid teacher certification documentation from home country;
-Documentation of a minimum two years teaching experience;
-U.S. bachelors degree equivalency;
-Eligibility for issuance of a NJ limited certificate; and
-Demonstration of the ability to speak, read, and write English fluently.
-Provide teacher orientation in preparation for teaching assignments and life in the school community;
-Arrange for enrollment in a health and accident insurance coverage plan that meets J-1 visa requirements; and
-Work with districts to prepare them for their role of hosting foreign teachers.
Teacher Activities and Evaluation:
-Teachers must be assigned within their respective disciplines; and
-Agency must ensure that a monitoring and support system is in place.
Quality Assurance that the agency will replace any teacher who does not meet school district expectations.
Payment for Services:
-Cost may be absorbed by the school district or by the teacher participant;
-Mutually acceptable agreement signed prior to teachers arrival in the U.S.; and
-Fee schedule provided to the department on an annual basis.
Approved agencies are subject to a department review every three years. They will be required to cease operations in NJ if they fail to meet the outlined criteria.