Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Teacher Certification
How: Attend the end-of-semester Certification Meeting to complete the required paperwork.
When: Your certification application will be processed after the degree is conferred (January, May, July and August) and your official transcript is released by the Office of Registration and Records. Monmouth University submits documents to the NJDOE Office of Licensing and Credentials, where they are linked by the social security number to your passing Praxis II test scores. The certificates are issued, printed and mailed to the candidates to the address entered on the (pink) Certification Application form. It can take the NJDOE up to two months to process your certification application.
School district personnel usually know that certificates cannot be issued before program completion: final grades and degrees appear on the transcript and certification fees must be processed. You can provide interviewers with a copy of your Praxis II test score(s). A copy of your most recent academic audit may help even if it does not show final grades or degree issued.
Expediting the certification process is possible if you have a definite offer of employment. A copy of a letter of intent to hire or a copy of your contract from the employing school district must be submitted to the Certification, Field Placements and School Partnerships office. Upon receipt of this letter or contract we will provide you with a letter indicating that you are expected to complete a state-approved program at the end of the current semester and that the certificate will be processed soon afterwards.
New Jersey requires new teachers to have a general knowledge of physiology and hygiene for certification. Currently, the requirement can be met by completion of a course. Transcripts will be reviewed for a course in biology, human ecology, nutrition, nursing, sexuality, zoology, drugs and alcohol, anatomy or health and physiology. At the beginning of the student teaching semester, you will receive notification through your Monmouth University e-mail to schedule an appointment to take the P&H test if your DO NOT have a course that meets the requirement. You cannot be licensed without completing this requirement.
Candidates who hold initial certificates through a MU teacher education program can apply directly to the state for additional endorsements in other teaching areas. Applications can be submitted online at www.state.nj.us/education or by contacting the County Office of Education in the county where you live or teach.
The New Jersey State Department of Education has a service applicants can use to check the status of their license.
You must complete a Non-Citizen Oath of Allegiance form and a Non-Citizen Affidavit of Intent to Become a Citizen form indicating your intention to become a naturalized citizen of the United States (forms are available in the Certification, Field Placements and School Partnerships Office). Students who are in the US on a student visa are not eligible.
For more information please refer to the NJDOE Licensure & Credentials site at http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/.