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Graduation Information

Preparing to Graduate From a Certificate Program

Students completing a Certificate Program will be eligible to receive the following documents at the end of their program:

TCNJ Certificate: Ed. Leadership, Elem. Ed, Sec. Ed., and ESL – US/Non-US Citizens
Certificate of Qualification (CQ): Ed. Leadership, Elem. Ed, Sec. Ed., ESL, and Counseling – US/Non-US Citizens
Certificate of Eligibility (CE): Ed. Leadership, Elem. Ed, Sec. Ed., and ESL – US Citizens
Certificate of Eligibility of Advanced Standing (CEAS): Counseling, *Special Ed Post-Baccaluareate, and *Bilingual Endorsement – US Citizens (*For these programs, please consult faculty advisor)

Students Must Apply for Graduation

Students completing the certificate program (Elementary, Secondary, Teaching English as a Second Language, Ed Leadership) must apply for graduation with The Office of Records and Registration (R&R). Only matriculated students are eligible to apply for graduation.

To learn how to apply for graduation through PAWS click here.

Four-six weeks after your conferral date is posted to your transcripts, OSGP will mail your TCNJ Certificate. If you would like all of your documents (TCNJ Certificate, TCNJ Official Transcripts, and Certificate of Qualification (CQ) to be bundled in one mailing, please complete this form.

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • Spring, *Summer, and Fall candidates MUST submit a graduation application in February of that year.
  • Winter candidates MUST submit a graduation application in December.

*OSGP cannot guarantee a TCNJ certificate will be available to the student during the graduation ceremony during the summer if the graduation application is received past the February deadline.

Students Must Apply for their Certificate (All Summer and Fall Certificate Candidates – Please read important message below.)

Due to COVID 19, both the Certificate of Qualification (CQ) and the *Certificate of Eligibility (CE) will be experiencing a delay in issuance by the New Jersey, Department of Education. Typically, this process takes 4-6 weeks after your conferral date (August 25, 2020 – summer /December 18, 2020 – fall) is posted to your TCNJ transcripts. As a result, please consider delays in receiving your documents. 
Students in need of a TCNJ letter of completion prior to receiving their CQ and/or CE, please complete this form. Off-Site Graduate Programs will send an electronic letter of completion once your degree has been posted on August 25, 2020, or December 18, 2020.
*Students applying for the CE may apply electronically before your conferral date is posted.

 

Along with submitting a graduation application, candidates completing a Certificate MUST apply for the CQ with TCNJ’s Certification Office. United States citizens have the additional option of applying for the CE. (Matriculated Students Only)

Certificate of Qualification (CQ): Upon program completion, ALL STUDENTS may apply for a Certificate of Qualification.

The CQ is issued to both U.S. citizens and non-citizens and verifies the completion of TCNJ’s teacher preparation program. Although the CQ is not a teaching license from the State of New Jersey (and is not accepted by national or provincial schools), it is recognized by international schools and their accrediting agencies and allows candidates to teach within the international school community outside of the U.S.

Certificate of Eligibility (CE): Eligible U.S. citizens completing one of the following programs: Ed. Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Teaching English as a Second Language, may apply directly to the New Jersey Department of Education for a Certificate of Eligibility

Please allow 4-6 weeks after your certificate is posted to receive your CQ or CE. A paper copy of the CQ is mailed to the student, while the CE is only available online through The New Jersey Department of Education  Please visit Print My CE Certificate if you would like a physical copy of the CE.

Certificate of Eligibility of Advanced Standing (CEAS) US Citizens – Counseling Candidates Only:

Upon program completion, Counseling candidates who are US citizens may apply through TCNJ’s Certification Office. For questions concerning certification, please either consult your academic advisor or TCNJ’s Certification Office.

Certificate candidates planning on continuing to an M.Ed. program

Students MUST reapply with the Office of Graduate Studies by submitting another graduate application. Please complete an online global graduate application with The Office of Graduate Studies. The application fee of $75.00 is waived for former TCNJ students who have completed a graduate program and no other supplementary materials are needed.

Ordering official TCNJ Transcripts

Students wishing to received official TCNJ transcripts may order them through the Office of Records and Registration.

Receiving Graduation Documents (Certificates) Due to Covid, there will be a delay.

OSGP graduates are eligible to receive, free of charge, a one-time shipment of graduation documents. OSGP will bundle together all pertinent documents, per each student’s request, for a one-time mailing. Students wishing to have their graduation documents mailed, please complete this form. NOTE: Students, who plan to graduate at one of our summer sites (Mallorca/Bangkok), will receive their graduation documents (TCNJ Diploma and TCNJ Certificate) on site ONLY if the student meets all requirements in PART B (below).

OSGP works together in conjunction with TCNJ’S Office of Records and Registration and Certification Office in coordinating the procurement and disbursement of graduation document mailings for OSGP students.

PART A:

Documents may include the following:

  1. TCNJ Diploma (M.Ed. candidates) Students apply for graduation through PAWS. All diplomas are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration.
  2. TCNJ Certificate (Certificate candidates) Students apply for graduation through PAWS. All certificates are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration
  3. TCNJ Official Transcripts (M.Ed. and Certificate candidates) Students order official transcripts through PAWS. Transcripts are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration. ***If you would like for OSGP to include your transcript(s) in the mailing, then on the request form include OSGP’s address: OSGP, School of Education Suite 102. Official transcripts can also be mailed directly by The Office of Records and Registration to your mailing address. OR If you would prefer TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration to directly mail official transcripts to you, then when ordering transcripts please include your mailing address on the form.
  4. Certification of Qualification (CQ) (Certificate candidates) Students must apply for graduation through PAWS and must submit a CQ application with the Certification Office. CQ application is located on TCNJ’s Certification Office website. ***Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and Certificate of Eligibility of Advanced Standing (CEAS) (Counselor Ed Students only) is available online through the NJ Department of Education.

PART B:

Please note timely disbursement of official documents rests with students doing the following:

  • Successfully completing all required coursework
  • Reconciliation of financial account in PAWS
  • Applying for graduation in PAWS (all program candidates)
  • Applying for a certificate with TCNJ’s Certification Office (only certificate candidates)

Note: The following two documents are available online and cannot be included in the bundled mailing.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility (CE) – US Citizens in the following disciplines, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Educational Leadership, are eligible to apply for a CE online through the NJ Department of Education located on TCNJ’s Certification Office’s website. CE is only available online.

  2. Certificate of Advanced Standing (CEAS) Counseling Students Only – US citizens are eligible to apply for a CEAS. Students should have submitted a CEAS application with the Certification Office. CEAS is only available online.

Preparing to Graduate From a M.Ed. of MA (Counseling) program

All students completing an M.Ed. (Elementary, Secondary, Educational Leadership, and ESL) or MA Program (Counseling) will be eligible to receive the following document at the end of their program: TCNJ Diploma

Students Must Apply for Graduation (All Summer and Fall M.Ed Candidates – Please read the important message below.)

Candidates completing an M.Ed. MUST apply for graduation. M.Ed. candidates incur a $100 graduation fee  Only matriculated students are eligible to apply for graduation.

Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of Records and Registration to students 4-6 weeks after their degree or certificate is posted on their TCNJ transcripts. (winter, spring, and fall terms). If you would like additional graduation documents bundled and mailed to you in one mailing (i.e.: TCNJ Certificate, TCNJ Official Transcripts, and Certificate of Qualification (CQ), please complete this form.

Due to COVID 19, there may a delay in the mailing of your TCNJ diploma. Typically, this process takes 4-6 weeks after your conferral date (August 25, 2020 – summer /December 18, 2020 – fall) is posted to your TCNJ transcripts.  As a result, please consider delays in receiving your documents. 
Students in need of a TCNJ letter of completion prior to receiving their diploma, please complete this form. Off-Site Graduate Programs will send an electronic letter of completion once your degree has been posted.

 

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • Spring, *Summer, and Fall candidates MUST submit a graduation application in February of that year.
  • Winter candidates MUST submit a graduation application in December.

*OSGP cannot guarantee a diploma will be available to the student during the graduation ceremony during the summer if the graduation application is received past the February deadline.

Ordering official TCNJ Transcripts

Students may order official TCNJ transcripts through the Office of Records and Registration.

Receiving Graduation Documents (Diploma) Due to Covid, there will be a delay.

OSGP graduates are eligible to receive, free of charge, a one-time shipment of graduation documents. OSGP will bundle together all pertinent documents, per each student’s request, for a one-time mailing. Students wishing to have their graduation documents mailed, please complete this form. NOTE: Students, who plan to graduate at one of our summer sites (Mallorca/Bangkok), will receive their graduation documents (TCNJ Diploma and TCNJ Certificate) onsite ONLY if student meets all requirements in PART B (below).

OSGP works together in conjunction with TCNJ’S Office of Records and Registration and Certification Office in coordinating the procurement and disbursement of graduation document mailings for OSGP students.

PART A:

Documents may include the following:

  1. TCNJ Diploma (M.Ed. candidates) Students apply for graduation through PAWS. All diplomas are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration.
  2. TCNJ Certificate (Certificate candidates) Students apply for graduation through PAWS. All certificates are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration
  3. TCNJ Official Transcripts (M.Ed. and Certificate candidates) Students order official transcripts through PAWS. Transcripts are processed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration. ***If you would like for OSGP to include your transcript(s) in the mailing, then on the request form include OSGP’s address: OSGP, School of Education Suite 102. Official transcripts can also be mailed directly by The Office of Records and Registration to your mailing address. OR If you would prefer TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration to directly mail official transcripts to you, then when ordering transcripts please include your mailing address on the form.
  4. Certification of Qualification (CQ) (Certificate candidates) Students must apply for graduation through PAWS and must submit a CQ application with the Certification Office. CQ application is located on TCNJ’s Certification Office website. ***Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and Certificate of Eligibility of Advanced Standing (CEAS) (Counselor Ed Students only) is available online through the NJ Department of Education.

PART B:

Please note timely disbursement of official documents rests with students doing the following:

  • Successfully completing all required coursework
  • Reconciliation of financial account in PAWS
  • Applying for graduation in PAWS (all program candidates)
  • Applying for a certificate with TCNJ’s Certification Office (only certificate candidates)

Note: The following two documents are available online and cannot be included in the bundled mailing.

  1. Certificate of Eligibility (CE) – US Citizens in the following disciplines, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Educational Leadership, are eligible to apply for a CE online through the NJ Department of Education located on TCNJ’s Certification Office’s website. CE is only available online.

  2. Certificate of Advanced Standing (CEAS) Counseling Students Only – US citizens are eligible to apply for a CEAS. Students should have submitted a CEAS application with the Certification Office. CEAS is only available online.
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