NJ Secondary Science Certification Information and Instructions


New Jersey Secondary Science Certification Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree or a post baccalaureate certification must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments.

Initial Utah License Required: WGU students who want an initial science license in New Jersey need to first license in Utah and then apply for a reciprocal license in NJ after completing their teacher preparation program. You must have a valid background clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked. 


Follow the instructions to apply for initial teacher certification in Utah. Once you receive your UT teaching license, you may apply for a reciprocal certificate in the state of New Jersey.



Step 1:  You may either apply online or contact the NJ Department of Education customer service line at 609-292-2070 to request a paper application packet.  Either way, you will want to use the Application Checklist as a resource during the application process.

Step 2: If you choose to apply online, you will want to first familiarize yourself with the user manual for the NJ Teacher Certification Information System before starting the application process. 

Step 3:  If you have not taken college-level study in biology, health or nutrition, then you must take an examination in physiology and hygiene, including the effects of narcotics and alcohol, administered at your county office of education.


Step 4:  Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended, including WGU.  Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation will be recorded on your transcript. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program.  See WGU Transcript Request.  Have the transcripts sent directly to

New Jersey State Department of Education
Office of Licensure and Credentials
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0500.

Step 5:  Download the Verification of Program Completion form.  Fill out the top portion of the form with your personal information, and send it to the the WGU Certification Officer, along with a request for a letter verifying your GPA, at the contact information below.  Fax and email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in pdf format.

Teachers College Certification Officer
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Fax: 801-401-7961
Email: licensure@wgu.edu 

The Certification Officer will complete the form and GPA-verification letter and mail them back to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet. If you have not already reported your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer before the recommendation can be completed.

Step 6: If the New Jersey Department of Education is not listed as a recipient on your Praxis 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 calling 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form to ETS via fax or mail.  

Step 7: Fill out the application form.  When you are asked for your GPA, record your WGU GPA as a 3.0.  You are applying for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing.

Step 8: If you are applying online, you can elect to pay the application fee immediately by credit card when submitting your application. If you do not pay online, you will need to send a check or money order along with the other supplementary application documents you must mail to the New Jersey Department of Education.

Step 9:  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 10: Compile all application documents:

1.   The completed application, if you are submitting a paper version;
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.  Signed and notarized Oath of Allegiance/ Verification of Accuracy Statement for United States Citizens;
4.  Verification of Program Completion form;
5. Copy of your Utah license

Step 11: Send all necessary documents to

New Jersey State Department of Education
Office of Licensure and Credentials
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, New Jersey, 08625-0500.




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