This week the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) waived the edTPA requirement for those currently seeking a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or those moving from a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) to a standard certificate.

The waiver is for candidates who apply for certification on or after April 28, 2020, and expires on Sept. 1, 2020, or when the public health emergency is lifted, whichever is earlier.

The waiver applies to the following teachers:

  • Educator Preparation Program (EPP) completers, who have met all other requirements for the CEAS certificate, are not required to take the edTPA. EPP providers will submit a plan to the NJDOE explaining their criteria for recommending certification for these teachers.
  • CE holders, formerly known as alternate route teachers, who have completed all other requirements for a standard certificate, are not required to take the edTPA. Like programs for CEAS candidates, the EPP providers will determine the criteria for certifying these teachers.
  • Candidates who hold a CE through reciprocity rules that meet all other requirements for a standard certificate except for edTPA, are eligible for the waiver and may apply as usual for their standard certificate during the effective dates of the waiver.

Teachers who have already submitted the edTPA but were unsuccessful in one or more of the sections of the assessment, are eligible for the waiver and do not need to resubmit.

Candidates seeking a refund of their fees should refer to the current edTPA refund policy

To check your certification records, visit www20.state.nj.us/DOE_TCIS_ONLINEED. Note that the URL is case-sensitive, all characters after the backslash must be in all caps when entering
the URL.

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