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Steps to Apply for Admission

First – What is my current status?

  • Matriculated:  Student has applied and has been admitted to a TCNJ Global Graduate Program. Go directly to the next step – Course selection and advisement and then follow the next steps below.
  • Non-Matriculated (Overseas Visitor): Student has not yet applied for admissions (see below) or is in the process of applying for admissions; Student has previously taken a TCNJ graduate course (maximum of 3 graduate courses, 9-credits allowed). Go directly to “How to apply for Admissions” – below.
  • New Student: Student has not taken a graduate course with TCNJ. A new student MUST submit a Visiting Student Application online with The Office of Graduate Studies.

 

All students who plan on taking more than three graduate courses MUST apply for admissions before they reach the 9-credit threshold. Students will not be able to register for courses beyond the 9-credit threshold.

If you are not sure what your status is, you may view your academic program plan in PAWS (under the academic tab) or email our office at osgp@tcnj.edu.

1. Submit a Graduate Application

Please complete and submit an online global graduate application with The Office of Graduate Studies. The application fee is $75.00 (waived for former TCNJ students who have completed either an undergraduate or graduate program).

Admission supplementary materials are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

2. Official Transcripts

Sealed official transcripts from each college you have attended. Please mail official transcripts directly to the address located on the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education website. For questions about admission materials, please contact them directly at gradaute@tcnj.edu

Students who have attended a non-US institution MUST have all educational documents evaluated by an independent organization. OSGP shares, but does not endorse, the following two credential evaluation services for your convenience: NACES and WES.

Admission supplementary materials (official transcripts) are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

3. Recommendations

Two Recommendation Forms: Secure two individuals and have them complete a recommendation form on your behalf. They must be able to evaluate your academic performance, relevant work experience, and/or ability to pursue graduate work.

The letters of recommendation can be uploaded with your online application.

For questions about admission materials, please contact the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education directly at gradaute@tcnj.edu

Admission supplementary materials (letters of recommendation) are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

4. Student Essay

Applicants must write a 1-2 page personal statement expressing professional goals and reasons for applying to TCNJ. The student essay may be uploaded along with your online graduate application.

For questions about admission materials, please contact the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education directly at graduate@tcnj.edu

Admission supplementary materials (personal essay) are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

5. Standardized Test Scores

Achieve a passing score on one of the following assessments:

1.Praxis Core: Reading – 156; Math – 150; Writing – 162

  • Free online test resources (ETS and Khan Academy) are available to students to help prepare them for the Praxis Core.

2. Score in the top one-third percentile on the SAT, ACT, or GRE for the year the test was taken.

Admission Testing and Waiver

3. International applicants whose native language is not English MUST sit for the Test of English of a Foreign Language (TOFEL).

All test scores MUST be sent to The College of New Jersey (#2519).

If a candidate completed and passed the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST / Praxis I) prior to June 2014, the Department will accept passing scores on those exams to satisfy the basic skills requirement (passing scores on the PPST are as follows: Reading: 175, Math: 174, Writing: 173).

For questions concerning admission materials, please contact the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education directly at graduate@tcnj.edu.

6. Resumé/CV

Students can submit their resumé/CV on-line with their graduate application.

Admission supplementary materials (resumé/CV) are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

7. Copy of Teaching Certificate

Candidates (US Citizens) looking to apply to the Post Master’s Certificate Program (Principal Certificate of Eligibility) MUST submit a copy of a valid provisional or standard NJ or equivalent out-of-state instructional educational services or administrative certificate.

Admission supplementary materials (copy of teaching certificate) are uploaded into Slate, the admissions and enrollment management platform. Please click here to access the Slate instructional guide to help students access Slate.

8. School Counseling Program (only)

When applying for admissions through the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education there is an addendum. For more details about the admission materials needed, please contact the Office of Graduate and Advancing Education at graduate@tcnj.edu.

 

Steps from Admission to Certificate

Below are flow charts that outline the requirements for Admissions, Certificate of Qualification (CQ), and Certificate for Eligibility (CE) for the following certificate programs.


Certificate Documents

Students who complete their Certificate Programs may be eligible to receive the following documents, if applicable.

TCNJ Certificate

The TCNJ Certificate is a graduation document and is available to all students (US Citizens and Non-US Citizens). It is produced and disbursed by TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration. Students will be eligible to receive their TCNJ Certificate at the end of their certificate program. Students must apply for graduation and be cleared for graduation (meet all course requirements and reconcile all outstanding balances) in order to receive their TCNJ Certificate.

Certificate of Qualification (CQ)

The Certificate of Qualification (CQ) is a graduation document and is available to all students (US Citizens and Non-US Citizens). The CQ was developed by the School of Education and it is produced and disbursed by TCNJ’s Certification Office. It verifies successful completion of the required graduate coursework for a teacher preparation program. It is a credential widely recognized by International Schools and their accrediting agencies.

Students will be eligible to receive their CQ upon meeting all program, CQ requirements (please refer to the program flowcharts below), and reconcile all outstanding balances. At the end of their program, students must apply for their CQ on TCNJ’s Office of Certification’s website.

Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

The Certificate of Eligibility (CE) is a credential with lifetime validity issued to an individual who has NOT completed a teacher preparation program, but who has met the basic requirements for certification including academic study and applicable test requirements. The CE authorizes an individual to seek and accept employment in NJ public schools requiring certification.

US Citizens in the Certificate programs below are eligible to apply for their CE directly with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Teaching English as a Second Language

US Citizens in the Post Master’s Certificate Program in Educational Leadership may for their CE directly with TCNJ’s Certification Office.

 

Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS)

The Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) is a credential issued to an individual who has completed a teacher preparation program and has met the basic requirements for certification including academic study and applicable test requirements. The CEAS authorizes an individual to seek and accept employment in NJ public schools requiring certification.  The CEAS is issued to an individual who does not hold a NJ Standard certificate or has not completed two years of full-time teaching under a valid out-of-state instructional certificate. Students seeking to obtain a CEAS must apply with the NJ’s Department of Education at the point of graduation. The CEAS application portal can be accessed on TCNJ’s Certification Office’s website. 

Students who are US Citizens completing the following OSGP programs are eligible to apply for CEAS:

School Counseling (MA program)
Special Education (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program)

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