Pathways to Teaching
Newark Public Schools gives prospective teachers many paths into the classroom.
To apply for a teaching position with Newark Public Schools, you must be eligible for a license to teach in the state of New Jersey. Whether you already have a New Jersey standard teaching certificate or a teaching certificate from another state, went through a traditional teacher preparation program, or just have experience in the subject you want to teach, the state of New Jersey has a certification option for you.
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For those without a New Jersey standard teaching certificate, there are a few ways to take the first step toward becoming eligible for teaching positions in Newark Public Schools.
I’m certified to teach in another state.
Newark Public Schools welcomes out-of-state applicants with an equivalent teaching certificate, but requires them to apply for a New Jersey teaching certificate based on interstate reciprocity. Find out more about available certificates and New Jersey teaching reciprocity policies.
I’ve completed a teacher preparation program.
If you’ve completed a formal teacher preparation program and met any applicable coursework and testing requirements, you can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS). Once hired with this certificate, Newark Public schools applies on your behalf for a temporary provisional teaching certificate until you receive a standard certification.
I have a college degree, but haven’t completed a teacher preparation program.
If you haven’t completed a formal teacher preparation program but you meet the basic requirements for certification, including passing the Praxis Core Academic Skills assessment and demonstrating a score on the SAT, ACT, or GRE at or above the cut score for the year in which the exam was taken, you can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE). Once hired with this certificate, Newark Public schools applies on your behalf for a two-year provisional teaching certificate. You then have two years to meet the requirements for a New Jersey standard teaching certificate.
If you have additional questions about certification requirements to teach in Newark, please contact Teach@nps.k12.nj.us.