There are two main ways to get certified to teach in New Jersey: Traditional Route and Alternate Route

Traditional Route: Complete an educator preparation program before getting a job as a teacher in NJ

In the traditional route you get certified through a university-based teacher preparation program that places you in a year-long clinical setting with a cooperating teacher in a science classroom. In this type program you earn a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). These traditional preparation programs often involve multiple opportunities for working with students: fieldwork, internships, residencies—prior to taking on the responsibility of becoming a teacher of record. What used to be called "student teaching" is now termed clinical practice by the state of New Jersey and its teacher education programs

Alternate Route: Complete an educator preparation program while employed as a teacher in NJ

In the alternate route, you obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) that permits you to be hired as a teacher of record in a science classroom and enroll in a teacher preparation program simultaneously. Alternate route teachers are those who learn to teach while drawing a full-time salary as a teacher of record in a public school in New Jersey. The state of NJ refers to these preparation programs as Certificate of Eligibility Educator Preparation Programs (CE-EPPs).

For individuals with existing science teacher certifications from other US states, or for those who are not U.S. citizens, there are other established pathways for becoming certified to teach science in NJ. See the NJDOE website for more details.

Regardless of the pathway you follow, all teachers must pass subject matter texts (currently Praxis Subject Assessments), a performance assessment (currently edTPA), and two years in the Provisional Teacher Program and earn effective teaching ratings in their district's teacher evaluation system before being issued a NJ Standard certificate in their subject area.

Traditional Route
STEM Teacher Certification Programs in NJ


Bloomfield College

5-Year Masters of Teaching Program (BS/MAT)

Graduate Certification Programs in Teacher Education


Caldwell University

B.A. in Elementary Education

B.A. in Secondary Education

Education - Combined B.A./M.A. Program


Centenary University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Education Biology

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Elementary Education/Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education Mathematics

New Jersey State Teaching Certification Post-Baccalaureate


Drew University

Master of Arts in Teaching

Combined Degree B-MAT


Fairleigh Dickinson University

BA/BS MAT (QUEST) Secondary Education K-12: combined degree

MAT Teaching


Felician University

B.A. in Elementary & Special Education (K-6/Teacher of Students with Disabilities) with Middle School Endorsement (5-8)

B.A. in Secondary Education (K-12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

M.A. in Elementary & Special Education: K-6 & Teacher of Students with Disabilities with Middle School (5-8) Endorsement

M.A. in Secondary and Special Education: K-12 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities


Georgian Court University

B.A. in Elementary Education (K-6) OR Specific Subject Education

M.A.T. in Teacher of Specific Subject (K-12) & Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement


Kean University

B.A. in Elementary Education | Bilingual K-6/5-8

B.A. Elementary Education K-6/5-8/Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics - STEM Teacher Education - 5 Year B.S./M.A.

B.A. in Mathematical Sciences with Teacher Certification K-12 OR B.A. in Mathematical Sciences with Dual Certification, Teacher of Students with Disabilities and K-12

B.A. in Chemistry with Teacher Certification K-12

B.A. in Biology with Teacher Certification K-12 OR B.A. in Biology with Dual Certification, Teacher of Students with Disabilities and K-12

B.A. in Earth Science with Teacher Certification K-12 OR B.A. in Earth Science with Dual Certification,Teacher of Students with Disabilities and K-12


Monmouth University

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Educators

B.A. in Secondary Education Endorsement (9-12)

B.A. in Elementary Education Endorsement (K-6)

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Elementary or Secondary Education, combined with a graduate program in: Teacher of Students with Disabilities

M.A.T. with Elementary (K-6) or Secondary (7-12) Track


Montclair State University

Combined BS/MAT

Dual Certification: MAT in Subject Area (P-12) and Teacher of Students with Disabilities (TSD)

MAT in Content Area

BS in Chemistry with Teacher Certification in Chemistry (Preschool-Grade 12)

BS in Earth and Environmental Science with P-12 Teacher Certification in Earth Science

BS in Physics, with Teacher Certification in Physics (Preschool-Grade 12)

BS in Physics, with Teacher Certification in Physical Science (Preschool-Grade 12)

BS in Biology with Teacher Certification in Biological Science (Preschool-Grade 12)

Teaching Middle Grades Mathematics (Certificate) Online


New Jersey City University

Elementary Education Co-Major with K-6 Certification (With Major in Arts and Sciences)

Secondary Education with K-12 Certification (With major in Arts and Sciences)

Applied Physics - Physical Science Teacher Certification Secondary Education (K-12), B.A.

Biology with Teacher Certification (Biology), B.A.

Chemistry with Teacher Certification, B.A.

Chemistry with Teacher Certification, B.S.

Earth and Environmental Science-Geoscience-Earth Science/Secondary Education (Teacher Certification), B.A.

Mathematics-Teacher Certification, B.A.

Elementary Education - Teacher Certification, M.A.T.

Secondary Education - Teacher Certification, M.A.T.


NJIT

Teacher Education Programs (with Rutgers-Newark UTEP)


Pillar College

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education


Princeton University

Certification | Program in Teacher Preparation


Ramapo College of New Jersey

Middle School Content Area Certification Specializations

K-12 Content Area Certification Concentration Programs

MASE 4+1 Dual Certification Program

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Education and Certification Programs


Relay Graduate School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching


Rider University

Secondary Education, B.A.

Middle School Education (Minor)

M.A.T. or Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program


Rowan University

Combined Advanced Degree Program (CADP) in Subject Matter Education for Math and Science

M.A. in STEM Education

B.A. in Education - Specialization: Elementary Education (K-6)


Rutgers Graduate School of Education (New Brunswick)

Ed.M. with Certification in Agricultural Science Education

5-Year Program with Certification in Agricultural Science Education (K-12)

Ed.M. with Certification in Biological Science Education

5-Year Program with Certification in Biological Science Education (K-12)

5-Year Program in Elementary Education (K-6) with Subject Matter Specialization (5-8) Certification

Ed.M. with Certification in Mathematics Education

5-Year Program with Certification in Mathematics Education (K-12)

Ed.M. with Certification in Physical Science or Physics Education

5-Year Program with Certification in Physical Science and Physics Education (K-12)


Rutgers University - Camden

Accelerated BA/MAT Program

Master of Arts in Teaching


Rutgers University - Newark

Urban Secondary Education Teacher Certification Program


Saint Elizabeth University

Graduate Certification: Integrated Science Educator for Middle School Science

B.A. in Education - Inclusive Elementary/Early Childhood Education Track

B.A. in Education - Inclusive Elementary/Middle School Math or Science Education Track

B.A. in Education - Secondary Education Minor

Combined B.A. to M.A. in Education - Elementary and Early Childhood Education Track

Combined B.A. to M.A. in Education - Elementary, Middle School Math or Science Education Track

Combined B.A. to M.A. in Education - Secondary Education Minor

M.A. in Education with Initial Certification

Graduate Certification: Integrated Science Educator for Middle School Science


Saint Peter's University

Elementary Education Program with Middle School Certification

Secondary Education Program with Subject Area Endorsements

Certification Programs in Education


Seton Hall University

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) Secondary Education


Stockton University

TEDU Baccalaureate Program

TEDU Secondary Program


The College of New Jersey

Elementary Education BS

Bachelor of Science (B.S.): Technology and Engineering Education

Urban Secondary Education 5-Year Program

Biology Education Programs (BS or Dual Degree Programs)

Chemistry Secondary Education Degree Program BS

Mathematics Secondary Education BS

Physics and Secondary Education Dual Major BS

Secondary Special Education 5-Year Program


William Paterson University

BA in Elementary Education (K-6)

BA in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)

MAT in Secondary Education Subject Field (K-12)