The Education Transfer AS Program at MCC is a rigorous program that will help students explore and prepare for entrance into the educational field. Students will need a 3.0 GPA to apply for NJ State Teacher Certification.
NJ Teacher Certification is multidimensional. Thus, you will have two or more majors. Your first major will be education type (general, special or bilingual education) and grade level (early, elementary, middle or high school); your second major will be a content area. ALL students applying for certification in the state of NJ, regardless of grade level, need to select a content major (examples could be Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.) . They will take classes in this content, along with education classes. Click here to learn more about certification and induction.
Teachers must also obtain Highly Qualified status (HQT). This is a federal mandate as part of NCLB that requires states to align teacher preparation programs to content area. Basically, HQT are experts in their content area. NJ has different requirements for HQT depending on grade level and type of educator. Passing the PRAXIS II in your particular content area is required for designation of HQT for many educators and for certification.
Career Coach is our free, online tool that you can use to view career information that is up-to-date and local to our region.
Connect Career Options to Goals
Middlesex County College encourages education students to examine career opportunities, including which teachers are in high demand right now, in order to create effective career goals. Knowing the positions that are posted most often can help students better use their G.E.T.S. Model to make informed choices about courses, tracks and eventual transfer. Most New Jersey school districts use Applitrack. Click on the school district you would like to review to be brought to their current available positions. Use this to determine how you can make yourself more marketable and which areas in education are in high demand.
You can also use search engines, such as NJ School Jobs, NJEA and K12JobSpot, to browse available teacher positions in New Jersey and in other states.
Here is an Informational Power Point about Career Outlook for pre-service teachers and factors to consider now.
What Can You Earn?
Percentages above show the Growth Rate from 2012-2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Dollar amounts show the median annual pay.
Here are a few excellent resources you can explore to learn more about career options. As you know, there are many career opportunities in the field of education so you will likely want to investigate many options.