If wage were the deciding factor, New Jersey would be a great state to teach middle or high school students, at least according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS reports that New Jersey ranked as the 2nd-highest state in the nation in terms of wages paid to secondary school teachers and also ranked 5th-highest for wages paid to middle school teachers.
As of May 2014, secondary school teachers earn average annual wages of $72,790 while middle school teachers earned $68,410. Although elementary school teacher wages did not rank on the top five, their average wages of $67,100 were in the top ten in the nation. Students interested in becoming teachers in New Jersey have a good selection of teaching schools and programs from which to choose as indicated below.
Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in NJ
Monmouth University offers several bachelor degree programs that include endorsements in areas like English/creative writing, chemistry, art, biology, history and music. Their offerings include degrees in P-3 with Teacher of Students with Disabilities; Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and K-12 education.
A nice selection of bachelor degrees program can be found at Felician College. The BA in Elementary Education offers concentrations in K-6; early childhood; content area specialization; and teacher of students with disabilities. The BA in K-12 program offers tracks in language arts, mathematics, biology, earth science, social studies, visual arts and music. Rider University and the College of New Jersey also offer baccalaureate teaching programs.
Master’s in Education Degrees in NJ
Monmouth University offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in principal/supervisor; literacy; school counseling; speech; and special education with a variety of tracks included for specialized study. MU has ten 5-year baccalaureate/master degree programs that offer various academic combinations.
Two examples of their dual-degree programs are the Bachelor of Arts in English with elementary or secondary education combined with a graduate program in literacy or a Bachelor of Arts in History with elementary or secondary education combined with a graduate program in teacher of students with disabilities.
Montclair State University also has a selection of dual-degree programs. One example of this is in MSU’s BA in Family and Child Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching with dual certification in elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities. MSU also has regular master degree teaching programs.
Felician College has a master degree in educational leadership with tracks in elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities. Master degree teaching programs are also offered at New Jersey City University, Rowan University and Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
Online Teaching Degrees in New Jersey
Monmouth University offers online certification programs in applied behavior analysis and autism. MU also offers a Master of Science in Education with an autism track through distance learning. Rider University has an online MAT program as well as bilingual education, English as a second language and special education online degree programs. In addition, RU offers an online teacher certification program.
NJ Teacher Certification & Specializations
Several endorsement and certification programs are offered at Monmouth University including teacher of students with disabilities; learning disabilities teacher-consultant; English as a second language; early childhood education; bilingual/bicultural, student assistant coordinator; and director of school counseling services. MU also offers various initial certification programs. The main majors are elementary education, secondary education and K-2 certifications, but each major area offers several concentrations.
A teacher education certification program is offered Felician College. This program is for students who have earned a degree but still need certification. Montclair State University offers a large selection of both certification and dual certification programs as well as post baccalaureate education programs.
All Accredited Teaching Schools in New Jersey
Featured online teaching schools currently accepting applicants from New Jersey
The following teaching degree programs are online, but are accepting applications from New Jersey residents. We recommend that you contact 4 or more teaching programs to get more information on the multiple programs, then weigh your options and figure out which would be best for you.
Campus based teaching schools in New Jersey
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