New Jersey – State Information

MEA President: Patrick O’Keefe
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Dennis Argul
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/14/2021
Adjourns: 1/11/2022

Meeting in person and virtually in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Phil Murphy (D)
Education Committee Chairs

Assembly: CHAIR: Asm. Pamela Rosen Lampitt (D)
VICE CHAIR: Asm. Mila M. Jasey (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Shirley K. Turner (D)

Partisan Split House: D      Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 609-847-3115
Senate Secretary Contact 609-847-3915
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Karen Campbell, Director, NJDE 609-376-3797
Title IV Director
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in Fall


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

NJ Music PreK-12 (all grades)

Students graduating from a teacher preparation program receive a CEAS certificate (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing)

These two certificates come after a student has been given a position in a district:
Provisional (2-year)
Standard (lifetime)

Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)
Adequate SAT, ACT, or GRE scores
Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) None EdTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $95-190 application — a 2015 document says $170, but it is unclear if that includes all current fees including fingerprinting and background checks Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

The Road Back

While districts develop their own reopening plans, state guidance released June 26 prioritizes a return to in-person classes this fall. However, Gov. Phil Murphy announced in late July that parents would also have a remote-only learning option if they do not want their children to return to in-person instruction.

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

NJ: Title IV-A funds were utilized by Millville Senior High School to transport students to the Teen Arts Festival, a countywide arts festival in New Jersey. This event provided students with exposure to other arts disciplines.