The New Jersey Department of Education recently issued an update on its efforts to support military personnel and spouses who wish to pursue a career in teaching.
Key Areas of Support
In May 2023, the NJDOE adopted two administrative codes to support military personnel and nonresident active-duty spouses in earning a state teaching certification.
- N.J.A.C.6A:9B – 5.6(c) states that certification fees shall be waived once for military personnel and nonresident active-duty military spouses for an initial New Jersey application.
- N.J.A.C. 6A:9B – 8.10 details the creation of a temporary certification for certain nonresident active-duty military spouses. This certification is available as an option in the event eligibility is not met for a certificate of eligibility, certificate of eligibility with advanced standing or standard certification.
The NJDOE has designated a military liaison to assist military personnel with education and certification related questions, and also has a dedicated examiner to expedite the review of complete applications. The NJDOE also offers guidance on the NJDOE website for military personnel and spouses that provides information for entering the educator workforce.