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Certification & Induction

Upcoming Changes to the Pathway to Standard Certification for CE Holders

On November 4, 2015, the State Board of Education adopted the Department's regulatory proposal to update teacher preparation and certification requirements.  Some of the updates affect how candidates will earn a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and how CE holders will advance toward earning a standard certificate.

A CE holder who starts teaching under a provisional certificate prior to SY 2017-18 will have until
July 31, 2017, to complete the one-year CE Educator Preparation Program (EPP) requirement.
Teachers who do not complete a program by that date must complete the new CE EPP requirements.

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.

Candidates must complete the 24-hour course to be eligible for a CE until June 30, 2017.

Candidates applying July 1, 2017, and after will not need the 24-hour course to obtain a CE, they must complete the 50 hours of pre-service prior to being issued a provisional certificate with the employing school district.

Effective for candidates who start teaching in or after the 2017-18 school year: You must demonstrate passage of a state-approved performance assessment OR pass the approved New Jersey performance assessment.

Effective academic year 2017-18, 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.