The regulations established a sequential three-step licensure process as follows:
A. CERTIFICATES OF ELIGIBILITY: These certificates provide the opportunity to seek employment. These are NOT teaching licenses.
1. CERTIFICATES OF ELIGIBILITY (CE): The CE is issued to those qualified applicants who have not completed a state approved college teacher-training program (i.e., alternate route candidates).
2. CERTIFICATES OF ELIGIBILITY WITH ADVANCED STANDING (CEAS): The CEAS is issued to all graduates of state approved college teacher training programs. Teacher candidates who can document one year of full time teaching experience under a valid state license will be issued standard licenses.
B. PROVISIONAL LICENSE: This one year license allows the holder to begin working in the classroom and legalizes employment. It signifies that the applicant holds a CE or a CEAS and has accepted an offer of employment. In addition, it signifies that the employing school district or approved nonpublic school has registered the applicant in the Provisional Teacher Program and has agreed to provide the required support and supervision.
C. STANDARD LICENSE: This permanent credential allows the holder to serve without condition in all New Jersey public schools. It signifies successful completion of Provisional Teacher Program requirements while serving under a provisional license during the first year of employment.
A. Provisional Teacher Holding a CE: In May 2003, two new options were announced to pursue an alternate route to certification in New Jersey - the MAT Plan and the Community College Provider Plan. Those teachers NOT participating in either of these two plans must attend one of the regional training centers. The formal instruction consists of approximately 200 clock hours of study in essential areas of professional knowledge and skills. The instructional focus is clinical, emphasizing the relationship between theory and actual classroom practice. Instruction at these sites is available only to those candidates who have accepted employment in a school and are registered in the Provisional Teacher Program.
B. Provisional Teacher Holding a CEAS: Not applicable. This component has been completed in the college teacher training program.
Currently the cumulative grade point average requirement is 2.5 or better when a GPA of 4.0 equals an A grade. Beginning 9/1/04, the cumulative GPA will change to 2.75 or better.
For additional certification information, district employees may contact Sharon Rife at extension 6604. All others should contact your county's NJ Department of Education office for the application package. The Gloucester County office is located at 1492 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ 08080; telephone number 856-468-6500; or at the state Web site:
http://www.state.nj.us/njded/educators/license or call 609-292-2070.