New Jersey State Requirements

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Standard License-Professional Development Requirements 

This is a permanent certificate issued to an individual who has met all requirements for state certification. This certificate is issued to an individual who has successfully completed the PTP program, holds a previously issued NJ instructional certificate, or holds a valid out-of-state instructional certificate equivalent standard instructional certificate and has at least two effective years of teaching that were completed within three consecutive years within the last four calendar years. 

While the Standard License is permanent, each teacher must complete at least 20 hours of professional development each school year (replacing previous requirement of 100 hours over 5 years). 

Learners Edge can assist with obtaining 20 hours of professional development annually. We’ve provided some examples below outlining how you might accomplish this. 

Example 1: One graduate level, continuing education course! 

Choose from all courses based on the goals outlined in your individualized PDP in consultation with your supervisor to meet requirements and advance along the salary schedule. A few of our favorites include: 

5138: Innovation Strategies for Every Classroom (3 credits-45 hours) 

5018: Incorporating Mindfulness: Strategies to Encourage Student Focus and Awareness (2 credits-30 hours) 

5147: Bringing Students from Unfinished Learning to Soaring Achievement (3 credits-45 hours)   

All courses 

 

Example 2: Two professional development courses 

Choose from our PD courses based on the goals outlined in your individualized PDP in consultation with your supervisor. A few of our favorites include: 

PD129: Understanding the Needs of Students in Poverty (10 hours) 

PD 123: Trauma-Sensitive Teaching (10 hours)  

All PD offerings for hours 

 

For more information on the New Professional Development Regulations, visit this link. 

 
Provisional License Requirements 

This two-year certificate is requested by the employing school district for a newly hired teacher after an individual obtains a CE or CEAS and a full-time teaching position. This certificate legalizes employment. Both mentoring and supervision and evaluation are required under this certificate. Alternate route teachers will also be required to complete formal instruction. Please visit the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) page for more details.  

Note that an individual cannot apply for this certificate. Rather, it is the employing district that applies for this certificate on behalf of the applicant. 



+ADVANCE YOUR SALARY

We always recommend that you follow any pre-approval requirements in your district before you register for courses, and, we recommend you choose graduate level, continuing education courses to meet both the professional learning needs outlined in your individualized PDP and your salary advancement goals. Many teachers have been successful using our  courses to advance on their district’s salary scale—and have typically been able to use any of our university/college partners. 

If you need assistance with submission of a district approval form, course mapping, or timelines, we’re happy to help. Our Advisory team is here to help you succeed! 

+CREDIT CONVERSION

A teacher will typically earn 45 professional development hours (15 weeks x 3 hours per week) for completion of a 3-credit course. 

+UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

Learners Edge continuing education courses are approved by our regionally accredited universities and colleges from throughout the United States. These partners provide official transcripts, letter grades, and graduate creditfor successfully completed Learners Edge courses. 

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Mandatory Professional Development (PD) requirements for particular groups of educators are specified in statute and regulation. Online professional learning may be included in the annual, minimum 20-hour requirement for educator professional development if approved by the educator’s supervisor. 

The requirements are grouped under the following topics: 

 

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Above is a summary of how Learners Edge may help your continuing education and New Jersey license renewal needs. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course(s) they take meets their professional needs.  We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the accumulation of clock hours or graduate credit for salary advancement and the New Jersey license renewal process.