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Certification & Induction - Out-of-State Teachers, Administrators, and Educational Services Staff

New Jersey Department of Education

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Certification & Induction

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

RECIPROCITY

Out-of-State Reciprocity

For candidates from other states to receive a certificate through reciprocity, New Jersey must issue the equivalent of whatever subject area or grade level out-of-state license the applicant holds. Assuming such equivalency, the following applies:

Out-of-State Certificate Equivalent to a Certificate of Eligibility (CE or "Alternate Route")

  • No reciprocity—candidate must meet all New Jersey CE requirements

Out-of-State Certificate Equivalent to a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS or "Traditional Route")

  1. Hold the equivalent of a valid CEAS following the completion of a CEAS educator preparation program which includes clinical practice or "student teaching"

    and

  2. Demonstrate passage of a subject-matter test to receive the out-of-state license or pass appropriate New Jersey subject-matter test

  3. and

  4. Candidates who graduated September 1, 2017 and later must demonstrate passage of a state-approved performance assessment or pass an approved New Jersey performance assessment. (If the candidate cannot demonstrate passage of a state-approved performance assessment, then a CE may be issued.)

Out-of-State Certificate Equivalent to a Standard Certificate

  1. Hold a valid standard certificate issued by another state and demonstrate at least two effective years of teaching within three consecutive years of the last four calendar years, as documented on the Record of Professional Experience form

    or

  2. Hold National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certificate

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 endorsements for school administrator, principal, or school business administrator, or shall be issued the equivalent New Jersey standard supervisor endorsement. If there is no equivalent current New Jersey endorsement, then the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:9-12.1 through 12.7 shall apply to the candidate.

There is one limitation to this rule:
  1. If New Jersey has an equivalent endorsement with required subject matter test for the applicant's endorsement, the applicant shall have passed a state subject matter test to receive his or her out-of-state endorsement 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 endorsement.
If there is no equivalent current New Jersey endorsement, then the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:9-13.1 through 13.21 shall apply to interstate reciprocity.
There are three limitations to this rule:
  1. If New Jersey has an equivalent endorsement with required subject matter test for the applicant's endorsement, the applicant shall have passed a state subject matter test to receive his or her out-of-state endorsement 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 endorsement 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.