NJ State Certification

Download the NJ Certification Application (.doc)

Rider students may apply for NJ state certification within the year of completing the corresponding Rider Education program(s).  Students who want to take advantage of this service must complete the above NJ Certification Application during the semester in which they will complete their certification requirements. The application must be downloaded, typed in, and a printed copy must be brought to the Office of Field Placement and State Certification with payment for the respective certification(s) during your certification appointment. The Oath on the application must signed in the presence of a notary and be notarized.  The certification office notary or another notary can notarize the form. You need a picture ID to have the Oath notarized.  [Additional certifications: Students must apply directly with the state for additional certifications for which they may qualify but did not complete a Rider program.]

If you anticipate pursuing teacher certification at the end of this semester, please refer to the following resources:

Schedule an appointment now to initiate the process for NJ State Certification with the Certification Officer

Our office is busy year-round with placements and certifications, so there are no guarantees for unscheduled drop in's.  We strongly encourage scheduled appointments to secure time.  [If you have an emergency and need to cancel and reschedule an appointment, please cancel and reschedule using the Google calendar as well.]

Specific certification details based on NJ DOE requirements (and fees) are outlined on the DOE website at: NJ DOE LICENSURE AND CREDENTIALS

Note: Unless you intend to apply for NJ State Certification on your own, please do not initiate an online application on the NJ DOE system for certifications you will submit through Rider to endorse on your behalf.  This can negatively impact Rider's ability to process the certification(s) for you.  See above application and appointment links for Rider-endorsed certifications.

Additional useful certification-related links to the NJ, NY, and PA.

Certification Status:  It generally takes seven to nine weeks after the close of the semester to process certification requests.  Thereafter, please check the NJ DOE system directly for the status of your certification under the 'Status Check' link (left column, under 'Apply') at:  http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/

[Important:  Although Rider initiates the application process and establishes your teacher profile well in advance to expedite processing (within our control), you will not be able to view your certification status in the NJ DOE system until the NJ DOE initiates review and processing on their end.  Once they initiate their review, the NJ DOE system will generate a tracking number which you can then provide prospective employers.  Districts also have the option of expediting the process directly with the state once the tracking number is issued by the NJ DOE.]

Additional questions/inquiries not covered above may be directed to the Office of Field Placement and State Certification at certificationoffice@rider.edu.