School Teacher Requirements in New Jersey, NJ

New Jersey, ranking 42th in population, has 207,407 students. There are 475 public schools, broken down into 298 elementary, 96 middle, and 78 high schools. New Jersey is among the top states when it comes to SAT participation, and students in the state did better then the national average in the standardized test. New Jersey has a better then average graduation rate of 84.6%.

New Jersey Teaching Certification Requirements:

  • Provisional Teaching Certificate (valid for 5 years)
  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved New Jersey Teacher Preparation Program
  • Pass state administered Physiology and Hygiene tests
  • Take and pass the Basic Skills Test (PPST)
  • Complete state provided mentoring program
  • Fulfill state fingerprinting requirements
  • Pass a criminal background check through the state and FBI
  • Complete the certification application packet, including transcripts, certifications, and references
  • Pay any applicable fees

Some districts may require additional training and certification.

Employment Outlook For Teachers in New Jersey:

With one of the highest SAT participation rates in the state, New Jersey values teachers with experience around the test as well as other standardized testing. Past experience proctoring such tests puts a prominent leaf in your resume. New Jersey has an average population growth rate which drives its continued need for new teachers while maintaining and growing existing teachers. The teaching industry has proved to be a relatively stable job market, and even through the budget cuts of the recession teachers have faired well. As in any state, it is a good idea to have a Masters or PhD as that is certainly an eye catcher for prospective employers, as well as providing increased salary opportunities.

Salary Expectation for Teachers in New Jersey:

New Jersey is ranked 5th in the nation when it comes to teacher salaries, the average salary being $61,830 in 2009-2010 (according to In the last three years teachers in New Jersey have seen an average 5.11% wage increase. With one of the highest salaries in the nation, financially speaking working as a teacher in New Jersey is a very attractive opportunity. The state has done very well with graduation rates and standardized tests scores, and as such rewards its teachers fiscally for producing such results. Higher salaries do go to those with higher qualifications and more certifications.