New Jersey Department of Education

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Certification & Induction

I am a Principal applying for a School Administrator Certificate of Eligibility

Step 1. Please read certification requirements

Valid New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate:

Please present a copy of a valid New Jersey standard principal certificate.

Master's Degree Requirement:

A master's or higher degree is required.

Letter of Experience:

You will need to present official documentation of five years of successful full-time experience as a principal or assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in a New Jersey public school.

Test Requirement:

Please contact ETS to register for the School Superintendents Assessment (SSA,#11020).

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Step 2. Apply Online:

Apply Online

Please apply online at NJ Department of Education for certification through TCIS and pay the fee at

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Step 3. Applicant Checklist

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: official sealed transcripts, copy of test scores, copy of principal certificate and letter of teaching or educational services experience.

Please click the link below for specific certification requirements.

Please click the link below to apply online.