1.         Complete an approved teacher preparation program (BA degree, Post-Baccalaureate, or MA Level I) including student teaching/internship with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.


2.         Pass the Praxis test required for your area of certification (exceptions:  Teacher of the Handicapped, Teacher of the Deaf, English as a Second Language, and P-3).  Effective September 2006, successful passing of the Praxis II Test for all certifications is required for eligibility to begin the Professional Internship.


3.         Apply for graduation or program completion.  Please observe deadlines.

                  Undergraduate:  Apply for graduation – Registrar – Administration Building

                  Post-Baccalaureate:  Submit certification paperwork – Post-bac Office – J102

                  Graduates:  You will receive an information packet from the Graduate Office.


4.         Apply for Certification/License.  Please observe deadlines.                   

            You MUST complete a pink New Jersey State Department of Education “Application for Certification” BEFORE you complete your approved program.  This is different from the application for a degree or program completion.  All fees must be paid to the Office of Student Accounting prior to submitting your application.


Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate:  Submit application to Ms. E. Eaddy – J102

      Deadline:          December Certification- December 1

                              May/August Certification – March 31

                   Graduate:  Submit application to Ms. P. Gruytch – Graduate Office – T122

                        Deadline:          December Certification – 1st Friday in October

                                                May/August Certification – 1st Friday in February


5.         Kean University will send your Application for Certification to the New Jersey Department of Education.

            The New Jersey Department of Education will match your application, by social security number, with your passing scores on the Praxis.  If there is no match, the certificate will NOT be issued.

            The New Jersey Department of Education issues your Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or your Standard Certificate (Special Education and Teacher of the Deaf).


For further information, please contact the College of Education

908-737-3750 – Hennings Hall, Room 443