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Certification Requirements

 

English as a Second Language Certification Program (ESLA)

The English as a Second Language Certification Program provides the necessary courses for provisional certification as a teacher of English as a second language in the state of New Jersey. General requirements for issuance of the certificate are: 1) a teaching credential in another field; 2) proven proficiency in the English language; and 3) fifteen to eighteen semester hours in the designated areas (depending upon teaching experience).

 

English as a Second Language Initial Certification Program

The English as a Second Language Initial Certification provides the necessary courses for provisional certification as a teacher of English as a second language in the State of New Jersey. General requirements for issuance are: (1) proven proficiency in the English language and (2) Twenty-one semester hours in the designated areas.

 

Bilingual Endorsement Certification (ESLB)

The Bilingual Endorsement Program provides the necessary courses for certification as a bilingual teacher in the state of New Jersey. This certificate is only for certified teachers who hold a teaching credential in a subject area (general elementary or secondary math, science, social studies, etc.). General requirements for issuance are: (1) a teaching credential or eligibility thereof in a subject area; (2) proven proficiency in English and in another instructional language; and (3) twelve to fifteen semester hours in the designated areas (depending upon teaching experience).

 

Prerequisites for State Endorsement: 6 cr.

Students applying for state endorsement in teaching English as a second language must have an approved teacher certification and one year teaching experience, OR successfully complete 6 credit hours of course work (or their equivalence) as part of this program.

 

Certification Process

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