K-12 Teacher Certification

This information was compiled from the NJDOE website to provide answers to commonly asked questions about World Language Teacher Certification in NJ. Please note this information may be subject to change with out notice.


Requirements for K-12 Certification:

  • 30-credits in the target language, literature, civilization and culture courses of which 12 are at the 300 level or higher.
    • Undergraduate or graduate degree:  A Bachelor's or advanced degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. If your degree is from a country other than the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation service to determine how many credits these courses are equivalent to in the US. Click here for a listing of some evaluation services.
    • If you need additional credits, up to 16 may be obtained by taking the NYU 16-Point Proficiency Exam. Points achieved on the proficiency exam must be be placed on a transcript, which can be done by Thomas Edison State College. Rutgers University does not offer this transcript service.
  • 3-credits in a state-approved course on second language acquisition and related methodologies.
  • A rating of Advanced-Low or higher on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview in the target language.
  • A passing grade on the Praxis II Subject Assessment Test if you are seeking certification in French, German or Spanish.
  • Successfully complete a 24-Hour Pre-Service course. Click here to register for the Rutgers online Pre-Service course. 
    A list of other agencies offering an approved 24-Hour Pre-Service Program is available at this link under the heading Requirement for Certificate of Eligibility - “An Introduction to the Teaching Profession: A 24 Hour Pre-Service Program.” Scroll down to the section “Approved 24 Hour Programs for Elementary K-5, N-12 Subject Area, ESL, and Career and Technical Education CE.”

By meeting all of the above requirements and obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility, students are then eligible to seek teaching employment, and once employed, they enter the Provisional Teachers Program, which leads to standard certification.


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