Certification & Induction

Out-of-State Teachers, Administrators, and Educational Services Staff

RECIPROCITY

Instructional Certificates:

Any applicant for instructional certification who presents a valid instructional certificate issued by any other state shall, upon payment of the appropriate fee, be issued a New Jersey instructional certificate for the equivalent and currently-issued New Jersey grade level or subject title and certificate level covered by this subchapter, that is, a New Jersey certificate of eligibility, certificate of eligibility with advanced standing, or standard certificate. 

If there is no equivalent current New Jersey title,  then the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.1 through 8.8 shall apply to the applicant.

There are two limitations to this rule:

  1. If New Jersey has an equivalent title with required subject matter test for the applicant’s title, the applicant shall have passed a state subject matter test to receive his or her out-of-State title or else must pass the appropriate New Jersey subject matter test; and
  2. Candidates who have not taught successfully for three years under their out-of-State certificate shall be required to meet the New Jersey GPA requirement. Successful teaching experience shall be documented by a letter of experience from the applicant’s supervisor or authorized district.
  • A candidate who holds the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate (MNTC) designation and the corresponding out-of-State license or certificate shall be eligible for the standard certificate in the MNTC designated field without additional requirements. N.J.A.C.6A:9B-8.8(f).
  • A candidate who holds National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) certification and the corresponding out-of-State license or out-of-State certificate shall be eligible for the standard certificate in the NBPTS certificate field without additional requirements. N.J.A.C.6A:9B-8.8(e).

Administrative Certificates:

Any applicant for administrative certification who presents a valid administrative certificate issued by any other state shall, upon payment of the appropriate fee, be issued a New Jersey administrative certificate of eligibility for the equivalent New Jersey titles for school administrator, principal, or school business administrator, or shall be issued the equivalent New Jersey standard supervisor title.

If there is no equivalent current New Jersey title, then the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-12.1 through 12.7 shall apply to the candidate.

There is one limitation to this rule:

  1. If New Jersey has an equivalent title with required subject matter test for the applicant’s title, the applicant shall have passed a state subject matter test to receive his or her out-of-State title or else must pass the appropriate New Jersey subject matter test. This limitation shall not apply if the applicant has five years of experience in good standing under the out-of-State certificate. Experience in good standing shall be documented by a letter of experience from the applicant’s supervisor or authorized district representative.

Educational Services Certificates:

Any applicant for educational services certification who presents a valid educational services
certificate issued by any other state shall, upon payment of the appropriate fee, be issued a New Jersey educational services standard certificate for the equivalent and currently-issued New Jersey title.

If there is no equivalent current New Jersey title,  then the provisions of N.J.A.C.
6A:9B-13.1 through 13.21 shall apply to interstate reciprocity.

There are three limitations to this rule:

  1. If New Jersey has an equivalent title with required subject matter test for the applicant’s title, the applicant shall have passed a state subject matter test to receive his or her out-of-State title or else must pass the appropriate New Jersey subject matter test. This limitation shall not apply if the applicant has five years of experience in good standing under the out-of-State certificate. Experience in good standing shall be documented by a letter of experience from the applicant’s supervisor or authorized district representative;
  2. An applicant for interstate reciprocity for a New Jersey educational services title which requires a residency shall receive a certificate of eligibility or certificate of eligibility with advanced standing as governed by this subchapter; and
  3. Applicants for educational services reciprocity must meet all other requirements in this subchapter for State-issued professional licenses or certificates.
  • Applicants who complete an appropriate NCATE-approved educational services program at an out-of-State college or university are eligible for certification (N.J.A.C.6A:9B-13.1(a)2) if they complete all other requirements for certification under N.J.A.C.6A:9B-13.1.
  • We do issue emergency certificates for many such certificates: school psychologist, school counselor, non-instructional school nurse, associate and full school library media specialists, school social workers, learning disabilities teacher consultant, reading specialist, speech language specialist, educational interpreters for sign language / cued speech transliteration, oral interpreting, cooperative education coordinator for hazardous occupations, and cooperative education coordinator.