New Jersey Department of Education

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Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leader Endorsement

Following the passage of the New Jersey Teacher Leader Law, the New Jersey Department of Education is developing regulations that will enable teachers to earn a Teacher Leader Endorsement on their instructional certificates.

In order to receive the Teacher Leader Endorsement, candidates must:

  • Be eligible to receive the Teacher Leader Endorsement;
  • Go through an approved program of study, which must be aligned to the Teacher Leader Model Standards.

By statute, the Teacher Leader Endorsement Advisory Board convened to provide its recommendations to the State Board of Education and Commissioner of Education regarding the requirements above.

Under the law, a variety of entities can provide programs to develop teacher leaders, including institutes of higher education; education organizations;  non-profit entities, including school districts; or a combination of these entities.