Read About Teaching in New Jersey
Learn About Becoming a Teacher in New Jersey
When it comes to improving student performance, New Jersey teachers get great marks.
According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, New Jersey’s high school graduation numbers far exceed the national average, and its 8th grade standardized test scores are some of the highest in the nation for reading and writing—with math and science scores following close behind.
What Makes Teaching in New Jersey Special?
New Jersey’s strong performance in education may be due in part to its smaller classroom sizes. Per the State of New Jersey’s Education Funding Report published in 2012, New Jersey’s student-teacher ratio (in public school settings) was 12.0:1—significantly less than the national average of 15.3:1.
As the results indicate, New Jersey teachers are a talented, hard-working lot. If you hold yourself and your students to similarly high standards and appreciate the benefits of smaller class sizes, this might be the time for you to become a teacher in New Jersey.
New Jersey Teacher Salaries
Teachers are well-paid in New Jersey, and they work in cities large and small, and in smaller communities across the state.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook, secondary school teachers in New Jersey make a median salary of $72,900, making it the second highest paying state in the country.
If you’d like to share your passion for learning, make a great salary and contribute to the success of kids of every age, teaching might be a great career choice.
*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Demand for NJ Teachers
The ability to find a New Jersey teaching job, especially as a newly graduated teacher, depends heavily on the location you’re looking in and the expertise you bring to the position. If you’re just starting out, specializing in a high-demand subject can improve your chances of landing a job in a more competitive area of the state.
Echoing a national trend, New Jersey is experiencing a shortage in qualified math and science teachers at all grade levels. Teachers certified in ESL or special education also have a greater chance of securing a position teaching in New Jersey. Of course, the more professional experience you have in the education system, the more marketable you become.
The grade level you choose to teach may also play into your employment prospects, as secondary schools often offer more teaching opportunities.
Although certification is mandatory to begin teaching in New Jersey, there are a wide variety of endorsements available to prospective teachers.
The standard certificate is permanently awarded to any teacher who has earned a bachelor’s or advanced degree in professional education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 (some exceptions apply) and passed all applicable certification tests and coursework.
Provisional and emergency certificates are also available to potential teachers during severe shortages, but only for abbreviated periods of time and often only in the district requesting the exception.
New Jersey’s Alternative Route program is another option to those who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited institution but would like to become a certified NJ teacher through on-the-job training. For more information on New Jersey teacher certification, contact the New Jersey Department of Education.
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