If you wish to be a school administrator in New Jersey, you must apply for a Principal Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate authorizes you to accept the following positions: principal, assistant principal, vice principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and director.
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You must have at least five years of experience working under a provisional or standard New Jersey teaching certificate or equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate. You must also complete a 300-hour internship in educational leadership.
Once you have met the above requirements, you may apply for the certificate online. Application fees must be paid online as well. In addition, forward the following documents to the New Jersey Department of Education:
Mail all of the above to: State of New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Licensure & Credentials, P.O. Box 500Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
You need not undergo a criminal history background check as part of an application for a Principal Certificate of Eligibility. However, before any school district t in New Jersey will employ you, you must undergo this check. The hiring school district will instruct you on how to proceed with having your fingerprints taken. Background checks will be run through both the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Results will be reported to the Department of Education, who will notify the employing school district of your eligibility.
For more information on certification for administrators, contact the Office of Licensure & Credentials at 609-292-2070.