If wage were the deciding factor, New Jersey would be a great state to teach middle or high school students. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that New Jersey ranked as the 2nd-highest state in the nation in terms of wages paid to secondary school teachers and also ranked 5th-highest for wages paid to middle school teachers.
Students interested in becoming teachers in New Jersey have a good selection of teaching schools and programs from which to choose as indicated below.
Monmouth University offers online certification programs in applied behavior analysis and autism. MU also offers a Master of Science in Education with an autism track through distance learning. Rider University has an online MAT program as well as bilingual education, English as a second language and special education online degree programs. In addition, RU offers an online teacher certification program.
Several endorsement and certification programs are offered at Monmouth University including teacher of students with disabilities; learning disabilities teacher-consultant; English as a second language; early childhood education; bilingual/bicultural, student assistant coordinator; and director of school counseling services. MU also offers various initial certification programs. The main majors are elementary education, secondary education and K-2 certifications, but each major area offers several concentrations.
A teacher education certification program is offered Felician College. This program is for students who have earned a degree but still need certification. Montclair State University offers a large selection of both certification and dual certification programs as well as post baccalaureate education programs.
Monmouth University offers a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in principal/supervisor; literacy; school counseling; speech; and special education with a variety of tracks included for specialized study. MU has ten 5-year baccalaureate/master degree programs that offer various academic combinations.
Two examples of their dual-degree programs are the Bachelor of Arts in English with elementary or secondary education combined with a graduate program in literacy or a Bachelor of Arts in History with elementary or secondary education combined with a graduate program in teacher of students with disabilities.
Montclair State University also has a selection of dual-degree programs. One example of this is in MSU’s BA in Family and Child Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching with dual certification in elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities. MSU also has regular master degree teaching programs.
Felician College has a master degree in educational leadership with tracks in elementary education and teacher of students with disabilities.