New Jersey Department of Education

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Preparation

Overview: Within the Office of Recruitment, Preparation, and Induction, our focus on preparation includes supporting all preparation programs across the state that prepare educators for New Jersey public schools, with a specific focus on the following:

  • Developing regulations and guidance pertaining to the operation of educator preparation programs,
  • Approving and monitoring all preparation programs that operate in New Jersey and are intended to lead to state certification, and
  • Sharing data and information on approved preparation programs to help promote their continuous improvement

Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) Educator Preparation Programs
    The CEAS educator preparation program refers to a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university (previously known as "traditional route"). To learn about New Jersey's available certificates and endorsements please visit the Office of Licensure and Certification website.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Educator Preparation Programs
    The CE educator preparation program refers to a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, but wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher (previously known as "alternate route"). To learn about New Jersey's available certificates and endorsements please visit the Office of Licensure and Certification website.

Teacher Leader Preparation Programs

  • Teacher leaders programs prepare candidates to earn their teacher leader endorsement.

School and District Leadership Preparation Programs

  • Educational leadership programs prepare candidates to serve as Chief School Administrators, Principals, Supervisors, and School Business Administrators. The Department approves preparation programs leading to educational leadership endorsements. To learn about New Jersey's available certificates and endorsements please visit the School Leaders Overview on the Office of Licensure and Certification website.

Educational Services Preparation Programs

  • Educational services personnel preparation programs prepare candidates to serve in a variety of roles, including school nurses, school library media specialists, and school counselors.  The Department approves preparation programs leading to educational services personnel endorsements.  To learn about New Jersey's available certificates and endorsements please visit the Educational Services Personnel Overview on the Office of Licensure and Certification website.

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