The Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides the courses of study for those seeking a teaching certification in the state of New Jersey.   The department cannot advise students regarding the completion of certification or other certificate routes. For more information on teacher certification in NJ, please refer to the links provided below. 

However, students wishing to take courses at Rutgers in order to complete the state-mandated requirements must first take a placement exam and fulfill all pre-requisite classes before registering for any 300 or 400 courses.

Requirements for New Jersey Licensed Teachers Seeking Additional Subject Teaching Field Endorsements
Holders of a standard N.J. instructional license will be issued additional standard instructional licenses when the following is completed: 

  • Thirty (30) semester hour credits in the subject teaching field on the official transcript of an accredited four (4) year college or university.  The courses must be in a coherent sequence covering introductory through advanced level study.

  • Passing score on the required licensure test.  To view your results, please visit:

Procedure and Advice for Certification at Rutgers University
Before starting any coursework, students: 

  • Should review the Requirements for the Standard Certificate.

  • Should review the Requirements for the Alternate Route Provisional Teacher Program .

  • Must speak with the Undergraduate Director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese before registering for courses.

  • Should normally apply as a Non-Degree Student through Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Should take the placement exam. Students who place themselves into courses below the appropriate level of study may not receivecredit for the courses in which they enroll. Students cannot repeat courses, except in the case of repeating a failed course.

  • If you have additional questions, contact The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at (848) 932-9323.


Requirements for Teachers Seeking Initial New Jersey Teaching Licenses
For more information about Teaching licenses, please contact:
The Graduate School of Education 
10 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1183





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