DOE A to Z: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z #

Educator Recruitment, Preparation, and Recognition

»Home »Preparation »State Program Approval Council (SPAC)

Preparation

State Program Approval Council (SPAC)

The New Jersey Department of Education is seeking State Program Approval Council (SPAC) applicants for the next two-year term, which will begin in January, 2018.  Each applicant must submit an application and current resume (including contact email, mailing address, and telephone number(s)) by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2017 via email to eppapproval@doe.state.nj.us.

SPAC Membership, Roles and Commitment

Colleges, universities, school districts and nonprofit organizations across the state offer programs to prepare educators for success in schools throughout New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Education (Department) is responsible for approving these educator preparation programs. In 2014, the Department launched the State Program Approval Council (SPAC) to ensure that voices and expertise from the P-12 and higher-education communities are included in these program reviews. In the future, new instructional, educational leadership, educational services, and teacher leadership programs will submit applications for approval. SPAC members will provide feedback on the quality of preparation programs seeking approval to begin or continue operating in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Commissioner of Education will appoint 11 members to SPAC:

  • 4 Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS, also known as traditional-route) educator preparation provider representatives;
  • 3 Certificate of Eligibility (CE, also known as alternate-route) educator preparation provider representatives; and
  • 4 preschool through grade-12 practitioners.

The Department aims to select a diverse cross-section of members that can represent a variety of viewpoints.

Membership on the SPAC is voluntary and offers many benefits to both the members and the Department, including opportunities for professional growth and networking, as well as the chance to shape state decisions and policies that ultimately impact educator quality and student success. Please note that membership does not include meals, mileage reimbursement or stipends.

Applicants must commit to:

  • Serving a two-year term;
  • Spending approximately 16 hours per year reviewing applications ( about 8 hours per review window)
  • Attending the following meetings at the Department (100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on:
    • January 30, 2018;
    • March 19, 2018;
    • July 12, 2018; and
    • October 11, 2018

SPAC Application Process

Each applicant must submit an application and current resume (including contact email, mailing address, and telephone number(s)) by 5 p.m. on October 20, 2017 via email to eppapproval@doe.state.nj.us.