Get A Certificate In Teaching

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Get A Certificate In Teaching

Become a certified teacher and change the lives of many

Gaelle Gilles, Staff Writer

For those who want to complete a certification in teaching can do so easily and in a short period of time by receiving a teacher certification from Kean University. The Office of Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification is dedicated to helping students with just that.

As noted on the Office of Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification website, "the program offers initial and endorsement certifications." Since 1955, the certification program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

To be considered for the program, there are specific requirements:

1. Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
2. Already received a bachelor's degree or higher
3. Depending on certification option, passed the core academic skills test and the Praxis II

Students can apply through the Kean University application website. To complete the certification, one must complete 30 credits. Tuition will be the same as any student receiving a graduate degree at Kean University. 

After completing the program, students must complete their certification application with the Office of Post Baccalaureate Certification Office by the following dates: students who have completed their certification in August or May should submit their certification by Friday, March 31, 2017. Those who finished their certification in December should submit their certification by Friday, December 1, 2017.

All paperwork filed to the office will be submitted to the Department of Licensing on the following dates: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (for December candidates), Thursday, June 15, 2017 (for May candidates) and Friday, September 15, 2017 (for August candidates). 

Keep in mind there will be a fee when submitting an application for certification. The fee amount for all certifications differ and is listed on the certification application. To get the certification application, visit the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program website. It will take six to eight weeks after the filing date for someone to receive his or her certification.

There are many Post-Baccalaureate Certificates one can earn, and that includes biology, chemistry, Spanish, music education, leadership and communications and public relations and journalism. To get the full list of Post-Baccalaureate programs Kean University offers, visit the Post-Baccalaureate Programs webpage on the Nathan Weiss Graduate College website

Kean University's College of Education is known to be one of the largest producers of teachers in the country. Some teachers who had graduated from Kean University won the honorable title of New Jersey State of the Year, like Mark Mautone who graduated in 2002, and Lauren Marrocco who graduated from Kean University with both a bachelor's and master's degree in 2003 and 2009 respectively.

For more information about the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program, contact the office by phone at 908-737-3800, email or stop by Hutchinson Hall room 214.

Author: Gaelle Gilles
about the author

Gaelle Gilles is a senior majoring in English-writing. Gaelle has been a member of The Cougar's Byte, as a Staff Writer, since fall 2014. Her interests include reading, writing and playing piano. Her goals in life include owning her own magazine, but currently she is planning to go to graduate school. During her spare time, Gilles enjoys reading her favorite author, Sarah Dessen.

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