The Program in Teacher Preparation, commonly referred to as Teacher Prep, prepares students to serve as teachers and educational leaders in our nation’s schools. The program is open to Princeton undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni, who may return to Princeton at any time to complete the program. Students completing the program earn a University certificate and are eligible for a New Jersey State teaching license which is transferable to other states. The Program is also open to students interested in education policy offering the opportunity to study American education from the perspective of teachers, students, and school leaders.
The Teacher Prep Office offers a wide range of programs and services. In addition to the Teacher Certificate Program, Teacher Prep serves as the home of the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a program for high potential students from low-income families in area high schools that is designed to make them more competitive in their bid for admission to selective colleges and universities. The Program offers numerous professional development initiatives for teachers in the public and independent schools of the greater Princeton area, including Teachers as Scholars, QUEST, and EarthWatch. Members of the Teacher Prep staff are responsible for coordinating the selection of the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award given each year at the University Commencement and the High School Program at Princeton University through which students in area high schools take University courses for high school credit.