State License (NJ CEAS)

Approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the State License (NJ CEAS) Level allows current Princeton University students and graduate students as well as alumni to earn the NJ Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS), the state’s initial teaching license to teach at the middle and/or secondary school levels. Students at this level must have first completed the University Certificate and return back to the program for their full-time student teaching semester (TPP 405 and TPP 406 concurrently) in the semester immediately following the completion of TPP 403 and TPP 404. No grade below a B- can be received in the Program classes.

Students earning the New Jersey CEAS must complete the program’s Professional Portfolio and are also required to pass the state’s licensure exams and assessments, including the Praxis Subject Area tests, the the program's performance assessment, and an oral proficiency exam for designated World Languages.

The program's performance assessment consists  of two components completed during the TPP 406 student teaching semester: the Student Teacher Work Sample and the supervisor's final student teacher evaluation using the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Students must receive a passing score on both components of the performance assessment to be eligible for the state certificate.

Certification can be transferred to other states through reciprocity agreements between those states and the State of New Jersey. The transfer of the New Jersey CEAS may require a state-specific test or specific course requirements stipulated by  a particular state. Students interested in being certified to teach in other states are urged to consult the department of education websites for the states in which they are seeking certification to learn about the specific requirements of those states. Students may also consult with the staff of the Program in Teacher Preparation for information or guidance.

Praxis Subject Assessments
Students seeking State licensure must pass the Praxis examination(s) in the subjects for which they are seeking certification. Students are expected to take the Praxis Subject Area examinations prior to the full-time student teaching semester (TPP 406). For more information about Praxis exams and the administration dates and sites, go to:

Physiology, Hygiene, and Substance Abuse
This NJ State requirement regarding physiology, hygiene, and substance abuse is satisfied by a series of online modules and tests on topics related to these areas administered through the office of the Program in Teacher Preparation.

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