New Jersey Teacher Certification Renewal

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Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in New Jersey.


Teaching Certification Renewal

Once you earn your Provisional Certificate, it is valid for two years. During your first year of teaching, you are expected to complete the Provisional Teacher Program or other state-approved induction program of training offered by the school/district through which you are employed. This includes 30 weeks of mentoring by a senior teacher, and three evaluations. Provisional certificates may be renewed as many as two times. When you successfully complete all of the requirements, the administrator of your employing school will recommend you for Standard Certification and will file the paperwork on your behalf.

When you receive your Standard Certificate, it is considered to be permanent and does not have to be renewed. You must, however, continue to meet expected professional standards. A guide to these standards may be found here.

It is up to your school district to review credentials of professional development providers, as the New Jersey Department of Education no longer registers them. You will work with your school to develop a Professional Development Plan (PDP) tailored to your needs.

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Reinstatement of Certification

If you fail to take care of your renewal requirements prior to the expiration of your contract of employment, your certificate may be suspended for a period of up to one year. If your teaching certificate is suspended for any reason, it is up to the Board of Examiners to make the decision to reinstate it.
You must meet all conditions set forth by the Board of Examiners at the start of your suspension before any certificate will be considered for reinstatement. Under certain conditions, you may be asked to file for a new teaching certificate instead.