Become a Teacher in New Jersey

With average teacher earnings of $68,797,(1) New Jersey boasts the fifth highest teacher salaries in the nation—meaning it's both financially and intellectually rewarding to 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.

Sources:
(1) National Education Association;
(2) New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(3) New Jersey Department of Education

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Educational Leadership & Management (Online)
  • EdD in Reading and Literacy (Online)
  • EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • EdS in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Adult Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership and Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Integrative Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science in K-12 Studies in Education (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Reading and Literacy (for licensed K-12 teachers) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning (Online)
  • PhD in K-12 Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Leadership in Educational Administration (Online)
  • PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Professional Studies in Education (Online)
  • PhD in Special Education Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Training and Performance Improvement (Online)
  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • EdD in Adult Education (Online)
  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Science in English Language Learning and Teaching (Online)

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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Elementary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading - Secondary Education (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction - Technology (Does not lead to teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Education Administration (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Certified Special Educators (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education - Cross-Categorical (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education (Online)
  • Ed.S. in K-12 Leadership (Online)

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University of Dayton

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate in Teaching English to speakers of Other Languages

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MS in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation
  • BS in Early Childhood Development
  • BSPY - Child Development
  • BS in Liberal Studies
  • MA in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12)
  • MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • MS in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership
  • MS in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • MS in Higher Education - Online College Teaching
  • MS in Higher Education - Student Affairs
  • MSE in Instructional Technology (K-12)
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed
  • MSE in Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations
  • Master of Science in Health Education

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Adult Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Early Childhood Studies (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Teacher Preparation Program with Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Special Education - Non Endorsement (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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Saint Mary's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Graceland University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd in Mild/Moderate Special Education with Licensure (Online)
  • MEd in Technology Integration (Online)
  • Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction (Online)

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Nova Southeastern University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning with a Curriculum & Instruction Specialization
  • Master of Science in Educational Administration & Leadership

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Upper Iowa University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Higher Education Administration - Community and Technical College Administration
  • Master of Higher Education Administration - Leadership
  • Master of Higher Education Administration - Student Affairs

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
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!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook