New Jersey Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
Those who complete a regionally accredited Masters in educational leadership program may apply directly for certification in New Jersey. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for the NJ School Principal Certificate of Eligibility.
Step 1: Apply online using the outline of requirements and the user manual for the NJ Teacher Certification Information System as resources during the application process. When you are asked for your GPA, record your WGU GPA as a 3.0. You are applying for a Certificate of Eligibility.
Step 2: Obtain an official copy of your final WGU transcript. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Download and complete parts A-C of the Oath of Allegiance/ Verification of Accuracy Statement for United States Citizens. You need to complete part D in the presence of a Notary Public, who will then sign this part of the form as well.
Step 4: If the New Jersey Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your SLLA score report, you will need to contact ETS and request that they mail an official score report directly to NJ DOE. You may do this by following the instructions outlined on the ETS website.
Step 5: Provide documentation evidencing completion of five years of successful educational experience under a valid provisional or standard New Jersey or equivalent out-of-state certificate by obtaining an original letter or letters from current and/or former school official(s) that includes information about full or part-time status, specific assignment, and dates of employment.
Step 6: Request an original letter from the Licensure Office at email@example.com that details your field placement and hours.
Step 7: Compile all application documents:
1. Signed and notarized Oath of Allegiance/ Verification of Accuracy Statement for United States Citizens;
2. Application fee of $190, if not already paid by credit card online, in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the NJ Commissioner of Education;
3. Official letter(s) documenting teaching experience,
4. Copy of a valid provisional or standard New Jersey or equivalent out-of-state instructional or educational services certificate,
5. Official, final WGU transcript
6. Official letter documenting field placement and hours.
Step 8: Send all necessary documents in one package to
New Jersey State Department of Education
Office of Licensure and Credentials
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0500.