New Jersey Department of Education

State-Required Professional Development Topics

District Survey on State-Mandated Professional Development (PD) Requirements

In December of 2015, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) conducted a survey of districts and charter schools across the state about the way they handle the state-mandated PD requirements (e.g., suicide prevention training, dyslexia training).  The data collected as a result of this survey can be found in the link below.  This information will be used to improve guidance and to inform future policies regarding PD requirements.  The survey was done in partnership with the education research organization Research for Action and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education through WestEd.  This project was carried out with support from the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.

State-Mandated Professional Development in New Jersey

New Jersey Professional Development Requirements in Statute and Regulations

Mandatory professional development (PD) requirements for particular groups of educators are specified in statute and regulation. These requirements go beyond the core requirements for PD planning and implementation set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:9C.

The chart provided through the link below summarizes these targeted PD requirements as well as the authorizing citations, educators who should receive the PD, timelines, and additional information. The requirements are grouped under the following topics:

  1. Reading Disabilities
  2. Prevention: Suicide, Substance Abuse, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
  3. School Safety, Security and Code of Student Conduct
  4. Health
  5. Interscholastic Activities
  6. Additional Professional Development Topics

Please use the chart on this site for the most current information. The requirements will be updated as necessary. Questions on the requirements may be submitted by email to

NJ PD Requirements in Statute and Regulation (updated 2020) 
October 2017 – Janet's Law requiring CPR/AED trained staff (see section d. Health)
June 2018 – School Safety Specialist (see section e. School Safety, Security and Code of Student Conduct)
March 2021 – Paul’ Law requiring seizure disorder training

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