Frequently Asked Questions

The process begins by attending an Information Session at Open House or "A Day in the Life" events or by scheduling an appointment with an Education Counselor. Every Stockton student is unique: we will evaluate your transcript and recommend the best path to certification for you. (Eligibility for the program)

The Teacher Education program currently requires a 3.0 GPA for entry and completion of the program. 

  1. Eligibility: If you are between a 2.75 and 2.99 GPA AND have the passing Praxis II scores for your content area, you may submit a GPA waiver request to be admitted into the Professional Education sequence of courses starting with Clinical Experience.
  2. Complete the GPA calculator/waiver request form, using your CAPP/Degree Works audit and unofficial transcript. Save this form so that you can attach it in the next step.
  3. Send an email message to Dr. and CC: with subject line: 'GPA Waiver Request, First Name and Last Name, Z number'.  Attach a copy of the completed GPA calculator spreadsheet. In the body of this email say what semester of the program you are in and whether you are applying for a GPA waiver for the first time or renewing your GPA waiver request. In addition, please note the number of credits you need to earn an 'A' to raise your GPA to a 3.0.
  4. Note- Once you are formally approved for a GPA Waiver you must monitor your GPA each term. You must request A GPA waiver every semester until you reach a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Any student found enrolled with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 who failed to submit a waiver request will be dropped from program courses until the form is completed.  In addition, it is the student’s responsibility to take any additional coursework beyond what is required to raise his/her GPA to the minimum 3.0 necessary to be recommended for a CEAS.

    *If you have any questions about the process, please contact the School of Education in J-201 at 609-652-4688 or

Typically it takes a minimum of four semesters beyond the sophomore year to complete all program requirements for the Teacher Education Program. The time can be shortened through summer session course work. 

No. Stockton’s Teacher Education Program is an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate certification program. All required courses are undergraduate credit courses—students are not charged for graduate level classes. Some students opt to earn a second Bachelor's degree in Teacher Education by attaining 32 credits beyond the first degree, but the second degree is not required for certification. Many Stockton programs are designed with Education concentrations built-in to their four-year plans. See Undergraduate Programs for more information.
No. The Stockton Teacher Education Program is a certification program that prepares candidates to teach a wide range of subjects in grades K-12. Students interested in education must first major in any liberal arts & sciences degree program. The Stockton Teacher Education Program is a state accredited program that follows the guidelines set forth by NJAC 6A:9-10.4. Students complete certification requirements either in conjunction with or following the completion of a first bachelor’s degree in any of the liberal arts & sciences.
Stockton offers programs leading to elementary teacher certification [K-6] with middle school specializations [6-8] and secondary teacher certifications for subjects taught in grades K-12. Each middle school specialization requires a minimum of fifteen credits in the subject area that covers multiple content standards. Choices for middle school specializations include: mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. Choices for secondary certifications include: art, biological science, chemistry, earth science, physical science, physics, mathematics, English, social studies, and world languages. See Undergraduate Programs for more information.
A good choice is always an academic subject typically taught in a K-12 setting; areas would include history, science, math, language arts literacy, world language, etc. Prospective elementary teachers may also select psychology, sociology or liberal studies. See Undergraduate Programs for more information.
Yes. An incoming freshman Stockton student who follows solid precepting advice from the Education faculty and staff along with the first major preceptor can complete certification in conjunction with most liberal arts & sciences degree programs. Keep in mind that some majors are particularly intensive, and may require that students take the maximum number of credits per term (20) in order to complete these programs within four years (or eight semesters). If remedial or repeat course work is required, degree completion may take longer. 

You always have access to an advisor in the School of Education. After a student expresses interest in the Program a staff advisor is assigned to assist that student. History, Liberal Studies, Literature, Math and Psychology candidates with an Education concentration and anyone who has enrolled in the Gateway to the New Jersey Teaching Profession (EDUC 3000) will be assigned to an Education faculty preceptor. Preceptors are full-time professors in the School of Education. It is crucial for any student working on any first degree other than Liberal Studies to also have a preceptor in that content or professional area.

Please know that the School of Education Office (J-201) is always open for questions relating to teacher training and licensure. (609) 652-4688 

The No Child Left behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 was signed into law on January 8, 2002 by President Bush. The Act represents the President's education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965. NCLB changes the federal government's role in K-12 education by focusing on school success as measured by student achievement. The Act also contains the President's four basic education reform principles:

  • Stronger accountability for results
  • Increased flexibility and local control
  • Expanded options for parents
  • Emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work

The TEACH Grant is a federal program that provides up to $4,000 each year for individuals that agree to teach in a high need elementary or secondary school, or educational services agency for 4 years after graduating. The summary of the federal loan forgiveness and cancellation programs provides an overview of all relevant information. If you need further assistance, email

Meet with Dr. Connie Tang the minor coordinator - G-261

Information Session

The first step for all students seeking teacher certification at Stockton is to attend an Information Session at Open House and A Day in the Life Events. Students receive information, guidance, and certification planning worksheets. A file will be started in the School of Education for any student who submits transcripts at a session. These sessions are open to all Stockton students and the general public. Stop in at J-201, or call 609-652-4688.

Yes, we encourage all students who might be interested in our Program to attend a session or to come into the office as early in their college career as possible. High school seniors are also welcome to attend.

All transfer courses officially accepted by Stockton will be considered by the School of Education. Any course used to satisfy a requirement in the Teacher Education sequence must be approved by an Education advisor and/or our Program Coordinator, Dr. Norma Boakes.

Orientation and Gateway to NJ Teaching Profession EDUC 2000

During the EDUC 2000 Gateway to the NJ Teaching Profession, students participate in a formal orientation process. Students will provide the School of Education with an application, and copies of all transcripts. Applicants are required to attend Orientation where they will verify whether they are eligible for the Certification courses. Upon completion of the Orientation process an applicant may be eligible, conditionally eligible, or denied eligibility to the Certification Program. All students participating in the Orientation process receive formal notification of eligibility status following the orientation.

The Orientation process occurs in EDUC 2000. All paperwork will be distributed and requirements discussed.

A student will be in the process of completing 64-96 credits, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (formerly the Praxis I (156 Reading, 162 Writing, 150 Math) or have acceptable scores on SAT or ACT (see required scores below), have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and successfully complete the Orientation process.

SAT - If taken on or after 4/1/1995

Verbal  560

Math 540

SAT - If taken on or after 3/1/2016

Evidence based
Reading and Writing 610


Reading Section 30

Math 570
ACT - If taken on or after 8/28/1989 English  23 Math  23
GRE - If taken on or after 8/1/2011 Verbal 155 Quantitative 156

Yes, provided that you can show verification that you have registered for the test.

Yes, EDUC 2000 is a required prerequisite course to enter into Stockton’s Teacher Education Program. 
Yes. A student may take EDUC 2000 under non-matriculated status if there is room in the class. However, a student MUST be matriculated to the College and accepted to the Teacher Education Program to continue in the certification sequence of courses. See Undergraduate Programs for more information. 

As you plan to begin the Teacher Education Program, it is important that you complete the CORE Praxis requirement early enough so that it will not prevent you from beginning the Teacher Education Program with Clinical Experience and to meet your expected time line for graduation from Stockton. Keep in mind that the Teacher Education Program is a four semester program, and you must compete EDUC 2000 Gateway to the NJ Teaching Profession prior to beginning the Teacher Education Program.

Praxis CORE informational video

ETS/Praxis Testing

Stockton is an official electronic testing site for ETS/ Praxis Core/ Praxis II testing. Stockton will be opening the testing center during the COVID-19 crises on a limited basis.  To make sure that you are able to meet your deadlines, please schedule the Praxis-at-home test.

Click here for the ETS/Praxis FAQ

Criminal Background Check

To be placed for fieldwork in the Education sequence (Clinical Experience, Clinical Practice I and II, and Final Clinical Practice), you MUST complete a Criminal Background Check or have your Substitute Teaching Certificate several months in advance of the semester. After you have been fingerprinted, you must follow up with the State of NJ two weeks later to print out your Clearance Certificate.  You can print it here: How to print your Clearance letter. Please bring this letter to the School of Education office or scan it to

This process can take 3 - 6 weeks to complete and is needed to obtain the needed permits for the course.  So start early.

How to complete the background check Only (about $77: $11 + $66) 

Archiving your fingerprints

How to obtain a Substitute Teaching Certificate

TB (Mantoux) Test

TB (Mantoux) Test: Submit documentation of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test (Mantoux or PPD type)  to the School of Education Office.  The test must have been taken within the last two years. The TB  test may be administered by a personal physician or by the Stockton Office of Health Services.

State Code Hygiene Test

It is a 35 question true or false test about drugs, tobacco, and alcohol which has been developed by the NJ Department of Education. It can be completed in less than 10 minutes on Blackboard.  

According to New Jersey Education Code (6A:9-5.9) candidates for instructional certificates shall pass an examination in physiology, hygiene, and substance abuse issues. Stockton requires all teacher candidates to meet this state requirement by passing a health issues exam administered by our office or the county superintendent’s office. Completed coursework in the above topics [or military service] may exempt a student from the health test, but we recommend that you take the short test even if you have the coursework.

The NJ State Code Hygiene Test is available on Blackboard. To take the test, please send you name and Z# to so you can see the test on your Blackboard.

Students may retake the exam until a passing score is attained.  


Professional Requirements

There are several open-enrollment courses required for teacher certification. PR courses are open to all students and do not require Program permission. The PR courses can be taken at any time prior to the certification semester.

New Jersey requires that anyone who teaches in grades 6-8 must have Adolescent Psychology. Therefore, we recommend that students take either Lifespan or Developmental Psychology which includes both child and adolescent psychology.

Stockton has articulation agreements with NJ community colleges. Courses under the above headings will be accepted at Stockton providing that the grade is a C or better except for Educational Psychology which must have a grade of B- or better. After careful transfer review, courses from other colleges besides the ones listed above may also be accepted as equivalent.

 Liberal Studies General Degree

If you need to switch to the Liberal Studies degree without the education component, there are several courses that need to be taken as well as a proposal to be written with 2 faculty advisors. Courses that are needed:

-12 credits at the 3000+ level that are relevant to the theme or focus of your plan/proposal
-One Capstone Course
-GEN 2250 Introduction to General Studies
-GEN 2248 Perspectives on Civic Engagement
-GEN 2240 Introduction to Research

For more detailed information, please read the LIBA Proposal then contact

Clinical Experience

Students participate in a formal orientation process to receive eligibility for certification courses.  Students will provide the School of Education with an application, and copies of all transcripts. The semester includes 50 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments

Clinical Practice I and II

Yes, students must attend preceptorial advising to receive electronic permits for the courses, attend a special summer informational meeting scheduled before precepting (see below for information), and have completed the Criminal History Background Check. After you have been fingerprinted, you must follow up with the company to make sure that you receive your criminal background clearance letter from the state of NJ. **If you are interested in Summer Introductory semester, please be aware that the semester starts a week earlier than on the posted Stockton Academic Calendar.** 

Summer Semester: January 24th: Mandatory Meeting in F-111 at 4:30 p.m. Sign Up Here.

No, the three semesters of courses are designed in sequence: Clinical Practice I is a pre-requisite to Clinical Practice II. Clinical Practice II is pre-requisite to Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching). The semesters must be taken consecutively.

This semester is all about pedagogical techniques—models of instruction, lesson design, unit design, lesson presentations, etc. The semester includes 80 hours of fieldwork with associated assignments.

No, the courses are offered as co-requisites. In the event that a student must re-take one of the co-listed courses, the Program Coordinator has discretion to waive co-requisites from being repeated.

Methods courses and fieldwork are centered on actual lessons presented by students in school placement classrooms.

Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) is a prospective teacher’s internship, i.e. a full-term experience observing, planning, and teaching in an elementary, middle, or high school setting.  A mentor teacher will be assigned to each student. A student teaching fee is required. Students must earn an A or B grade to be recommended for certification with the NJ Department of Education.  Together with the Final Clinical Practice course you will take the Final Clinical Practice Seminar and the edTPA course.

The Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) Seminar is the co-requisite to Final Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) and edTPA; class meetings are bi-weekly. Reflecting and critiquing teaching activities will be emphasized. Topics include classroom management, verifying rationale for instruction and evaluating teaching. Students will develop a professional portfolio and prepare to be a beginning teacher.

We recommend that all courses be completed prior to Final Clinical Practice.

A student teaching supervisor is assigned to each student teacher. Student teaching problems are first discussed with the student teaching supervisor.

If you plan to student teach in the Fall:  You will apply for Student Teaching together with your CP II application on October 1st the year before. All requirements are due then, inlcuding Praxis II. 

If you plan to student teach in the SpringYou will apply for Student Teaching together with your CP II application on April 1st the year before. All requirements are due then, inlcuding Praxis II. 


edTPA is an assessment completed during the clinical component of a teacher
preparation program (e.g., student teaching) and measures a teaching candidate’s ability to plan and deliver a lesson, evaluate student learning, and reflect on his or her practice.


Upon completion of an approved traditional college teacher education program, the student is recommended for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. The CEAS becomes a Standard Certificate after a novice teacher successfully completes his/her first year of teaching.

A Certificate of Eligibility is issued when a student decides to go through New Jersey’s Alternate Route Program. Contact the School of Education Office for Information regarding the Alternate Route Program.

Alternate Route

The Alternate Route Provisional Teacher Certification Program is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education to enable individuals who have not completed a traditional teacher education program to enter into the teaching profession. To be eligible for the ARP, individuals must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility [CE] from the NJDOE. Please review our Alternate Route page for details. 

Stockton has been a proud service provider for the Alternate Route To Teaching in NJ program for over 25 years. This program is a pathway for those who desire to teach in NJ, but have elected not to pursue a traditional teaching certificate.  


Q. What is the Alternate Route Program?
A. Please see the DOE mandated program requirements here.
Q. What is the hotline to the NJDOE Office of Certification?
A. 609-292-2070

Q. Does Stockton offer the Alternate Route in Career and Technical Education (business, vocational, etc.).  Click here to see who does.  

Q. Am I Eligible for the Alternate Route Program?

A. Completing the Alternate Route program requires that the following series of steps be taken by a prospective applicant in the order listed below.  

Step 1. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials (OLC).

Step 2Once you earn your Certificate of Eligibility, apply for and accept employment in a contracted teaching position in a school willing to accept an Alternate Route Candidate. 

Step 3.The candidate then registers for the Alternate Route program directly with a provider of which Stockton University is one. 

Contact me with additional questions.

Michael Hinman, Executive Director of the Alternate Route To Teaching Program

Yes, an individual must pass the Praxis Core and the Praxis II in the area in which he/she plans to teach (elementary or secondary).

NJ Teacher Candidate Basic Skills Requirement

Substitute Teaching 

Visit any K-12 school district to request an application packet with instructions on how to apply, or simply contact your local Office of the County Superintendent. Also review the information on the Source4Teachers website for possible openings.