Important Update about CS Certification

Please see the IMPORTANT UPDATE below to clarify information shared by NJDOE during the June 4 NJEA webinar on the Computer Science Certification

The intent of the computer science (CS) certification is for anyone teaching computer science in 7th through 12th to hold the certification by July 1, 2027.  This would be applicable to anyone teaching one course or full-time for grades 7 through 12.

The current K-6 certification allows for that teacher to teach CS up to half-time with no CS endorsement (see N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-9.3(b)2ii and iv below).  The K-6 certified teachers can continue teaching these courses up to half time after July 1, 2027, and do not need a CS endorsement. If they teach more than that they must obtain the CS endorsement.

NJDOE will ensure that the county offices are aware of this information and share it with school staff.   Below are three options to reach out with questions:

  • Call Center: (609) 292-2070 Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Educators can create an NJEdCert account to submit questions and communicate directly with customer service staff.

  • School Districts can create a case through their school district NJEdCert account to submit questions.

Please note that the Educator Certification Fee Holiday ends on June 30, 2024.   Once you start the process, you have 6 months to finish, but must start before June 30 to be eligible for the Fee Holiday.

Hope this helps.   Please contact NJDOE with any questions.

N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-9.3(b)2ii and iv

Elementary school: This endorsement authorizes the holder to:

i. Serve as an elementary school teacher in kindergarten through grade six in all public schools;

ii. Teach language arts literacy, mathematics, science, computer and information literacy, and social studies full-time, integrating educational technology where appropriate in kindergarten through grade six;

iii. Teach world languages full-time in kindergarten through grade six, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-10.5;

iv. Teach all remaining subjects no more than one-half of the daily instructional assignment; and

v. Teach reading, writing, mathematics, and spelling, for basic-skills purposes only, in grades six through 12.

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