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Georgian Court University recommends and submits certification applications to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Office of Licensing and Credentials on behalf of students who have completed all program requirements in our state-approved teacher preparation programs within one year from the date of the student’s program completion.  After one year, the student must apply directly to the state.

Below you will find a series of drop down menus to better assist you with the requirements for certification. Follow the links for additional information.

All students who are submitting applications must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all required coursework with grades posted and / or degree posted
  2. Apply for graduation (if applicable)
  3. GPA requirement met. Students graduating after September 1, 2016 will need to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
  4. Pass all required basic skills testing (Core) and content area (Praxis II). Copy of passed exam must be submitted to the School of Education (if applicable)
  5. Successfully met the Physiology and Hygiene (P&H) (if applicable)
  6. Successfully met the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) requirements Additional information can be found at the website: http://njpsa.org
  7. All certification packets can be mailed to:
    Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood NJ 08701; Attn: Joanne Wagner

GCU’s State-Approved programs leading to certification:

Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs (Undergraduate Catalog)

The School of Education offers three undergraduate teacher education programs, each leading to a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing (the initial New Jersey teaching certificate which provides an applicant with the opportunity to seek employment) and endorsement as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities:

  • Early Childhood Education P3 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary Education K-6 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of a Specific Subject Grades K-12 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Instructional Certificates:

  • Early Childhood Education P3 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary Education Teacher K-6 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Art with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Biological Science  with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of English with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Spanish with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Mathematics with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Social Studies with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Teacher of Chemistry with Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Middle School Endorsements:

  • Elementary School Teacher with Language Arts/Literacy Specialization Grades 5-8 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary School Teacher with Mathematics Specialization Grades 5 -8 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary School Teacher with Science Specialization Grades 5-8 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary School Teacher with Social Studies Specialization Grades 5-8 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities
  • Elementary School Teacher with World Language Specialization Grades 5-8 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Endorsements:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Early Childhood Education P3
  • English as a Second Language
  • Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Educational Services Certificates: Professionals providing specific services such as reading specialists, counselors, etc.

  • Director of School Counseling Services
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist (must have program completion verification from the Chair)

Administrative Certificates: Professionals in a leadership role in the schools, such as principals, supervisors, superintendents, etc. fee as indicated

  • Principal
  • School Administrator
  • School Business Administrator
  • Supervisor

Physiology and Hygiene (P&H) Exam Requirement
All Education students are required to pass a Physiology and Hygiene exam PRIOR to enrolling in student teaching. This exam is a New Jersey Department of Education requirement for all new teachers to demonstrate their basic knowledge of general health and wellness.

At the end of your exam, you will be required to print out the results and submit to your student file in the School of Education.  A passing score of 28 or better is required.

NOTE: If you hold a CE (Certificate of Eligibility) the P&H requirement is satisfied. You must provide a copy of your teaching certificate.

Click here to download the Study Guide.

Location: RHC101

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All Education students are required to complete a HIB program and pass the associated HIB exam PRIOR to enrolling in student teaching. The Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying program is a New Jersey Department of Education (N.J.S.A 18A: 37-22) requirement for all educators entering the workforce beginning in the 2012 school year to have completed, through their pre-service preparation, a program that allows demonstration of harassment, intimidation and bullying prevention. All candidates in GCU teacher education programs or Leadership Administrative programs are required to take and pass the exam. Information can be found at http://njpsa.org

NOTE: If you have completed the state-mandated training in your school district, an original letter documenting the training completed and signed by either the Human Resources Director, Principal or any Administrator, will be reviewed for content.

The exams required are:

Teacher Education:
Bullying 101 for Educators and NJ’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

Educational Services (LDTC, Reading Specialist, School Counselor):
Bullying 101 and NJ’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

School Leaders:
Bullying 101 for School Principals and NJ’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

Follow the links provided for the program audit checklist. Each checklist will provide the documentation that is required when submitting your certification packet.

Certificate

Requirements

Instructional Initial Certifications
Early Childhood Education P-3 with Teacher of Students with DisabilitiesUG Preschool through Grade 3 with TSWD
GR Preschool through Grade 3 with TSWD
Elementary Education K-6 with Teacher of Students with DisabilitiesUG Elementary Education K6 with TSWD
GR Elementary Education K6 with TSWD
Teacher of a Specific Subject Grades K-12 with Teacher of Students with DisabilitiesUG Biological Science with TSWD
UG English with TSWD
UG Mathematics with TSWD
UG Social Studies with TSWD
UG Spanish with TSWD
GR Biological Science with TSWD
GR English with TSWD
GR Mathematics with TSWD
GR Social Studies with TSWD
GR Spanish with TSWD
Instructional Endorsements
Bilingual/Bicultural Education
(this certificate requires a co- certificate)
GR Bilingual Bicultural
Early Childhood Education P-3
(this certificate requires a co- certificate)
GR Early Childhood P3 Endorsement
English as a Second Language (ESL)
(this certificate requires a co- certificate)
UG English as a Second Language
GR English as a Second Language
Elementary Education K6 with Middle School Subject Matter Specialization:
(these certificates require a co-certificate)
UG Subject Matter Specialization Language Arts Grades-5-8
UG Subject Matter Specialization Mathematics Grades-5-8
UG Subject Matter Specialization Science Grades-5-8
UG Subject Matter Specialization Social Studies Grades-5-8
UG Subject Matter World Language Spanish Grades-5-8
GR Subject Matter Specialization Language Arts Grades-5-8
GR Subject Matter Specialization Mathematics Grades-5-8
GR Subject Matter Specialization Science Grades-5-8
GR Subject Matter Specialization Social Studies Grades-5-8
GR Subject Matter World Language Spanish Grades-5-8
Students with Disabilities
(this certificate requires a co-certificate)
GR Students with Disabilities
Educational Services Certificates
Director of School Counseling ServicesGR Director School Counselor
Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)GR Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTD)
Reading SpecialistGR Reading Specialist
School CounselorGR School Counselor
School PsychologistGR School Psychologist
Administrative Certificates
PrincipalGR Principal
School AdministratorGR School Administrator
School Business AdministratorGR School Business Administrator
SupervisorGR Supervisor

Application for Certification Instructions

  1. Complete Application: Please complete with all the required information. Your signature will need to be notarized.
  2. Fees: Noted on the checklist. All fees are paid by money order, payable to Georgian Court University.  Cash and checks cannot be accepted.
  3. Non-Citizens: Students who are not a US citizen must complete the Non-Citizen Oath form and an Affidavit for Intent to Become a Citizen.
  4. Verify Work Experience:  Students seeking the following certificates:
    1. Director of School Counseling
    2. Principal
    3. Supervisor
    4. Reading Specialist
    5. LDTC (Learning Teacher Consultant)

If seeking anyone of these certificates, you must submit an original letter from your principal, superintendent or Human Resources office.  The letter will need to include years of employment, positions held and full-time or part-time status.

  • Completed application packets are to be returned to the School of Education
  • All applications must be notarized (Notary service available in the School of Education)
  • The state will not issue a license to teach without completing a teacher education program, passing the necessary Praxis Subject Assessment(s), and a bachelor’s or master’s degree conferred
Administration and Leadership State Codes
State CodeCertificate / Endorsement
#0101School Administrator
#0109School Business Administrator
#0106Supervisor
#0200Principal
Educational Services State Codes
State CodeCertificate / Endorsement
#0602Director of School Counseling Services
#3300Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)
#3310Reading Specialist
#3100School Psychologist
#2702School Counselor
#2475Teacher of Students with Disabilities
(Endorsement only)
Elementary and Secondary Education
State CodeCertificate / Endorsement
#1001Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6
#1013Teacher of Preschool through Grade 3
#1200Teacher of Art
#2210Teacher of Biological Science
#1410Teacher of English
#1900Teacher of Mathematics
#2300Teacher of Social Studies
#1550Teacher of Spanish
#1475Teacher of English as a Second Language
#1480Teacher of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
(Endorsement only)
#2475Teacher of Students with Disabilities
(Endorsement only)

Upon completion of your program, Georgian Court University will then:

  • Recommend applicants who successfully met all requirements to the NJDOE.
  • Upon receipt of our recommendation, the NJDOE will match the SSN on your certification application with the social security number you provided to ETS when you took the Praxis Subject Assessment, if applicable.
  • You will be able to check the status of your application online at http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/ “How Do I Check Application Status”.
  • The NJDOE will not mail paper certificates. You will download your certificate/s from their website.
  • The process will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the time the state receives.

When can I apply for certification?

When all required course work is completed and all required documentation is collected.

All Grades must be posted to the transcript (including student teaching)
Degree must be posted to the transcript

When will Georgian Court University recommend for certification?

Georgian Court University will recommend your applications once your degree is posted (baccalaureate or master’s degree) by the Office of the Registrar, and all required documentation has been received. Recommendation cannot be sent before the official graduation date. You can follow up with the Office of the Registrar on the status of your graduation application.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

From the time GCU receives your application, verifies your eligibility, submits information into the state’s electronic website, mails all related documentation and fees to NJDOE – it will take approximately 7 to 10 weeks before you will be able to track your application on the NJDOE website.

How can I find out the status of my application(s)?

In the initial stages of the process, you will not be able to see your application on the state’s website.  GCU will send your application in a “Batch” to the NJDOE and their auditor enters our recommended licenses.  Your name will only be visible once the auditor has done this.

To can check the status of your application by visiting:
https://www20.state.nj.us/DOE_TCIS_ASC/pages/appStatusSearch.jsp

  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your Social Security Number

What type of certification am I eligible for?

Because you have completed a traditional teaching program in a state-approved program, you will receive a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing). This is a credential with lifetime validity. The CEAS permits you to seek and accept employment in positions requiring certification.

What is the difference between a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing? (CEAS) and a Certificate of Eligibility (CE)?
CE (Alternate Route) – is a credential with lifetime validity issued to an individual who has NOT completed a teacher preparation program, but who has met the basic requirements for certification including academic study and applicable test requirements. The CE authorizes an individual to seek and accept employment in NJ public schools requiring certification.

A CEAS is issued to persons who HAVE completed an approved college teacher preparation program. Upon employment the bearer needs to be mentored in the school district for one year. Upon completion of the mentoring period the principal may recommended the candidate for a permanent certificate.

What comes after the CEAS?

First comes the PROVISIONAL – after hiring, the school district will register the novice teacher into a state of New Jersey mentoring program.

Then comes the STANDARD – after the mentoring program is complete, a recommendation for a standard license from the mentor and the principal is submitted to the state.  The teacher then applies to the state for their standard.

Can I apply for Middle School Endorsements?

If you are enrolled in the K6 and middle school subject area program, but have not yet passed the middle school content area Praxis II, you still can be recommended for K6, Teacher of Elementary School and corresponding Teacher of Students with Disabilities if you have met the requirements. You have one year to file for the Middle School content area through GCU.

If you completed the K6 program and have also taken additional courses to meet middle school requirements, your application can be recommended for MS endorsement upon passing the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment and 15 credits in the subject area.

What is the difference between a certificate and an endorsement?

A “certificate” is the license required for an individual to teach, it refers to one of three types of credentials – instructional, educational services and administrative.

An “endorsement” is the descriptor that is placed on the certificate to identify the specific area qualified to teach in conjunction with the certificate earned.

Example:  a candidate who completes a secondary certification program in English/Language Arts will receive a secondary certificate endorsed in English/Language Arts. If that person later meets the requirements for an endorsement in Math, the new endorsement would be added to the Secondary Certificate.

Will I be considered highly-qualified?

All teachers teaching in any core academic subject area (including early childhood and elementary) must: hold a bachelor’s degree, a certificate in the subject area intended to teach and can prove they know the subject area they teach by passing the appropriate Praxis Subject Assessment.

Does New Jersey have licensing reciprocity with other states?

New Jersey has specific forms of reciprocity with other states for instructional, educational services and administrative certificates under our regulations. Please visit the state website for guidance: http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/out/reciprocity.htm.

What happens if I check the box indicating that I have been convicted of a crime?

You will need to complete the Criminal History form that is linked on the following state website: http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/forms.htm. The State Board of Examiners will then review the information you have provided and decide whether to ask you for more information.

Additional certification information can be found at the NJDOE Licensure & Credentials site at:
http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/.

If I have questions, who should I contact?
Patricia Lorusso
Director of Field Placement/Certification Officer
plorusso@georgian.edu
732-987-2742

Joanne Wagner
Certification
wagner@georgian.edu
732-987-2780