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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 TOSD
GR Preschool through Grade 3 with TOSD
Elementary Education K-6 with Teacher of Students with DisabilitiesUG Elementary Education K6 with TOSD
GR Elementary Education K6 with TOSD
Teacher of a Specific Subject Grades K-12 with Teacher of Students with DisabilitiesUG Art with TOSD
UG Business Comprehensive with TOSD
UG Mathematics with TOSD
UG Science Biology with TOSD
UG Science Chemistry with TOSD
UG Social Studies with TOSD
UG Teacher of Language Arts with TOSD
UG World Language with TOSD
GR Art with TOSD
GR Business Comprehensive with TOSD
GR Language Arts with TOSD
GR Mathematics with TOSD
GR Science Biology with TOSD
GR Science Chemistry with TOSD
GR Social Studies with TSWD
GR World Language with TOSD
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
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 (LDTC)
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 Disabilities Teacher-Consultant)

If seeking anyone of these certificates, you must submit the original Record of Full-time Educational Work Experience Form. The letter will need to include years of employment, positions held and full-time teaching 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
#1300Teacher of Comprehensive Business
#2270Teacher of Chemistry
#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.

Note: CEAS educator preparation programs have up to one year from the date the student has completed the approved program to recommend to the NJDOE for issuance of a certificate.

What is the required Grade Point Average (GPA) to become a certified teacher in New Jersey?

New Jersey requires that candidates for certification achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 when a GPA of 4.00 equals an A grade for students graduating on or after September 1, 2016 (2.75 for those graduating before September 1, 2016) in a baccalaureate degree program.

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.

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 4 to 6 weeks from the time the state enters our BATCH 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, usually within 4 – 6 weeks after the state has entered our BATCH.

NOTE:  The state no longer issues paper certificates. Once issued, you will download your certificate/s from the state website.

Click here to check the status of your application.
(you will enter your last name and social security number)

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 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.

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 math endorsement would be added to the Secondary English/Language Arts Certificate.

Will I be considered highly-qualified?

Yes: highly qualified teachers must hold a baccalaureate degree, certified by the NJDOE and demonstrate content expertise in the core academic subject they will teach (passing score on the appropriated Praxis Subject Assessment test).

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.

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

You will need to complete the Criminal/Offense Information form that is on the state website. The completed form will be submitted with your application. The State Board of Examiners will then review the information you have provided and decide whether to ask you for more information.

If I have questions, who should I contact?

Any additional questions can be addressed to Joanne Wagner, School of Education at wagner@georgian.edu

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?
Dr. Richard Caldes
Director of Field Placement
rcaldes@georgian.edu
732-987-2742

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