What You Need to Know
Becoming Certified to Teach
- Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
- Is a master's degree required?
- Which universities do you partner with?
All corps members are required to obtain their Certificate of Eligibility (CE) prior to the start of the school year. In order to qualify for the CE, all corps members must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and are required to:
- Submit degree conferred transcripts
- Submit notarized Oaths of Allegiance
- Meet Basic Skills Requirements by either receiving an exemption based on SAT/ACT/GRE scores or by passing the Praxis Core Test
- Pass all required tests for the content placement
- Pass the New Jersey Physiology and Hygiene test
- Complete the 50-Hour Pre-Service requirements
Obtaining Your Provisional Certificate
Once corps members complete the following steps, they will obtain their Provisional Certificate, which will last for two years.
- Obtain your CEs
- Get hired by a school or district
- Enroll in a district mentoring program
- Enroll in an educator preparation program (Alternate Route)
Under the Provisional Certificate, corps members will attend a two-year Alternate Route program with one of our university partners.
Obtaining Your Standard Certificate
Upon the successful completion of an Alternate Route program, which includes a performance assessment, as well as at least two “effective” summative evaluations over a three-year period on the AchieveNJ rubric, corps members will become eligible for their Standard Certificate.
Please note: Corps members who teach special education, bilingual, or ESL must pursue additional coursework requirements after their first year in order to obtain their standard certificate.
Yes, provided a corps member enters the region having already completed a teacher prep program through their college or university, they would be able to complete a master’s degree at the end of their two years.
If a corps member enters the region and needs to enroll in a partnering two-year Alternate Route program, the timeline for completion of a master’s degree will be dependent upon the partnering university’s requirements.
No. In the state of New Jersey, a master’s degree is not required to teach.
For the 2016-2017 school year, we are currently partnering with:
- North Jersey
- Relay Graduate School of Education (RGSE)
- Seton Hall University
- South Jersey
- Relay Graduate School of Education (RGSE)
- Rutgers Center for Effective School Practices
- Corps Members may also pursue a Master of Science in Education program through Johns Hopkins University. This degree is non-certifying and is entirely online. Learn more.
Placement School Locations
Subjects And Grade Levels
- English as a Second Language
- General Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Jersey City
Teach For America has been in Camden since 2004, and today has a diverse and growing cohort of teachers in the area. Camden has seen sustained investment over the last few years starting with the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act and Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program; since 2013, Teach For America alumnus Paymon Rouhanifard has served as Superintendent of Camden public schools. Minutes from Philadelphia, Camden offers the best cheesesteak in the area (according to Anthony Bourdain from CNN’s “Parts Unknown), a robust healthcare sector, and a host of options for living, including brand new apartments in Cooper-Village and the Victor Building.
Recently ranked as the second-most ethnically diverse city in the nation, Jersey City is a community that many corps members happily call home. Surrounded by rivers and bays, Jersey City lies directly across the Hudson River from downtown Manhattan. Though NYC is easily accessible by the PATH, the Jersey City has its own excellent cultural, dining, and nightlight destinations. Rising rents in nearby Hoboken have helped Jersey City become a haven for young professionals, artists, and others looking for a vibrant community. Corps members in Jersey City have a variety of neighborhoods from which to choose, all offering convenient access to the schools in which they teach, NYC, and the greater Newark area.
Get to Know BRICK Avon Academy
Not long ago, Avon Avenue Elementary School was considered one of the lowest-performing K-8 schools in Newark and was among the 10 worst schools in New Jersey. In 2010, six Teach For America alumni assessed the situation and emphatically stated, “We must do better for these kids.” And so BRICK (Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids) Avon Academy was born.
Five years later, BRICK has demonstrated that by doing things differently, all children can succeed. BRICK Avon has shown an increase on state test scores every year since its launch in 2010. Math proficiency rates have more than doubled since BRICK entered Avon Avenue School - going from 18% in 2010 to 47% in 2014. Teach For America alumni Charity Haygood and Dominique Lee are proud to continue serving scholars in Newark’s South Ward, ensuring that students are more prepared for high school than ever before.