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State of New Jersey
Department of Education

SUMMARY

Limited Certificate for Foreign Teachers

  • Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:26-1 and 8.1, is a type of emergency certificate for foreign teachers. It is:

    -Valid for three years;

    -Non-renewable;

    -Issued to citizens of other countries enrolled in approved teacher placement agencies; and

    -Available in subject areas determined as critical shortage areas by the State Board.

  • District must first make good faith effort to employ state certified teachers and maintain documentation of this effort.

  • Limited certificate issued upon completion of the following:

    -U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree;

    -Academic major in subject to be taught, except world languages;

    -Fulfillment of the state test requirement;

    -U.S. equivalent college teacher preparation program;

    -Verification of authorization to teach in home country;

    -Minimum two years teaching experience in subject area, except in world languages; and

    -Ability to speak read and write the English language as demonstrated on a nationally recognized test of English proficiency determined by the department.

  • Teachers employed prior to June 1, 2002 may continue to be employed until June 30, 2004 without holding a limited certificate.

  • The teacher candidate is exempt from submitting a declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen, but must sign a non-citizen oath of allegiance.