Become a Teacher in New Jersey
Teaching is also a job in demand. Preschool, elementary school, middle school and secondary school teaching jobs in New Jersey are expected to increase by more than 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. And in some high-demand areas, the growth rate is even higher: preschool teaching jobs are predicted to surge by nearly 20 percent.(2)
Future New Jersey Teachers
This information is good news for anyone who wants to become a teacher in New Jersey. Elementary and secondary school teachers, in particular, have excellent cause for optimism: both professions are listed among the top 20 in terms of average annual job openings, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
To become a teacher in New Jersey, you generally need a bachelor's degree with sufficient preparation in the subject you plan to teach, a completed teacher preparation program, teacher certification and, in some cases, completion of the Praxis exam.(3)
Current New Jersey Teachers and Administrators
In June 2010, the New Jersey Department of Education awarded $45.3 million in School Improvement Grants to help improve low-performing urban schools. It's clear that New Jersey values education. However, it also values its teachers. Secondary school teachers, for instance, earn an average of $65,420 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But programs such as the Highly Qualified Teacher Initiative and the Teacher Mentor program can help teachers earn more with additional professional development.
New Jersey Teachers in Demand
If you're interested in becoming a teacher in New Jersey but aren't sure how you can afford it, not to worry—the state and federal Departments of Education have put incentives and grant programs in place for prospective educators. One example is the TEACH Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $4,000 a year for education students who plan to teach in a school that serves low-income children.
Ready to become a teacher in New Jersey? Check out the listings of accredited education programs here on Teacher World.
(1) National Education Association;
(2) New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(3) New Jersey Department of Education
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"I decided to go to graduate school and earn my Master of Arts in Education because I am inspired by new knowledge. I feel in order to perform my job to the best of my ability, I need to keep up with current practices and trends in the field of education."
- Sara Marvez -- 6th grade science teacher
"Gaining my Master's degree has earned me respect from administrators and colleagues. Also, my salary has benefited greatly. The cost of graduate school was paid off in only a couple years."
- Thomas Bjornson -- high school English teacher
"Postgraduate study was a personal goal of mine, and completing my Master's degree has given me a great sense of personal satisfaction. It has also increased my efficiency in the classroom and my marketability in the job market."
- Janet O'Reilly -- 8th grade social studies teacher
"I found my online courses efficient and friendly. I had a desire to go to graduate school, but I didn't want to go through the nonsense of another undergraduate degree, bumping shoulders with students a third my age who have very little understanding of real life or the benefits of real knowledge. A friend recommended online education and I haven't looked back since.
At the age of 53, I love my job more than ever. I get so much satisfaction knowing that many of my students respect me for what I do as a teacher.
I am able to face any sort of situation that arises in my classroom with complete confidence."
- Jonathan Lloyd -- high school chemistry teacher
Average Beginning Teacher Salary: $31,753 Average Teacher Salary: $47,602 Average Administrator Salary: $77,740 Elementary School Principals: $82,414 Middle School Principals: $87,866 High School Principals: $92,965
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.
Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.
On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!
* BLS Statistics