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Opportunities for NJ Educators

Off-Site Graduate Programs (OSGP) offer current and prospective teachers, school administrators, and counselors a range of opportunities from professional development to a certificate or master’s degree in Education. Our graduate programs are designed with the working professional in mind. Our courses, offered throughout the year, are developed with condensed, rich content through in-person and online engagement.  Please see below for off-site programs and opportunities.

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Teaching English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education

Master of Education (MEd) and/or Certificate Programs

TESL and/or Bilingual Education Certificate Program (Traditional Cohort, 1/Course Semester)

The TESL program offers a track for pre-service participants (21 credits, an initial certification program for those not certified in an instructional area) as well as in-service teachers (15 credits, as an endorsement certificate for those who hold a CEAS or Standard certificate in an instructional area).

The Bilingual Education program provides the necessary courses for certification as a bilingual teacher in the state of New Jersey. This endorsement program (12 credits) is only for already-certified teachers. Teachers seeking Bilingual endorsement often also pursue TESL endorsement as it requires the completion of only one additional course.

Getting Started

New TESL cohorts form on a rolling basis. Please complete our interest form if you would like to be added to the mailing list for updates on program details and grant funding opportunities.

TESL and/or Bilingual Education Certificate Program (Global Accelerated Program)

In the Summer of 2024, OSGP will be offering a select number of seats to New Jersey educators to take courses as part of the global TESL/Bilingual program with substantial grant support. To serve both the domestic and global population, summer courses are condensed and offered through a combination of synchronous online learning and in-person courses held at our off-site location in beautiful Portugal. Courses in this program can be taken in almost any sequence, making it easy for candidates to pick and choose up to four (4) classes this summer across the format(s) that work best.

Sample Course Sequence:

Summer 2024
ESLM 577 (online from May 18-June 9)
ESLM 545 or ESLM 579* (in Portugal, June 24-July 3)
ESLM 578 (in Portugal, July 4-12)
ESLM 587 (in Portugal, July 15-24)

Fall 2024
ESLM 525 (online)
ESLM 700 (comprehensive exam, online)

* Required only for pre-service candidates working toward initial certification. Pre-service candidates will also take ESLM 588/688 (student teaching) to be eligible for certification.

There is also an option to begin coursework this summer and continue during the academic year, also with grant funding (see “Traditional Cohort” section above).

Tuition is reduced to $800 per class after the grant award is applied. Your district reimbursement may further reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student (if taking in-person courses in Portugal).

How to Get Started
1. Apply for matriculation. Application instructions can be found here.
2. Pre-register for course(s) here. OSGP will review your course choice(s) and will be in touch with advisement and details on how to register. Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis if interest exceeds availability.

Please email OSGP at with any questions about this program.

Program Planner for MEd and Certificate Programs

Please refer to the program planner for all course requirements.

» Program Planner PDF

Questions? Contact Dr. Yiqiang Wu (

Continuing Education: Faculty-Led Tour to Rwanda

Join fellow New Jersey educators, TCNJ alumni, and current students on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Rwanda, East Africa. This summer 2024 Faculty-Led Tour will allow participants to experience this beautiful country and learn first-hand about the 1994 Genocide and the country’s work to recover in the thirty years since.

Questions? Contact Dr. Matthew Bender (

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Program Dates and Highlights

Travel dates are July 19-August 3, 2024

The primary stay will be in Kigali, Rwanda (capital city), with an overnight stay at the Akegera Game Lodge. Selected excursions include:

  • Nyamirambo Women’s Center
  • Kigali Memorial Center at Gisozi
  • Churches of Nyamata and Ntarama in Bugesera District
  • Avega Agahozo (Association of Widows of the Genocide)
  • Prison Fellowship Rwanda
  • Nyarubuye Genocide Memorial
  • Vision 2020 Community of Gashora
  • Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagement
  • Youth Association for Human Rights Promotion and Development
  • Akegera National Park (two-day Safari)
  • Kimironko Market

Why Rwanda?

In April 1994, genocide broke out in this small country of 8 million people, with Hutu extremists targeting the minority Tutsi population and moderate Hutus. It lasted for 100 days and took the lives of nearly 1 million. In the thirty years since, the country has made tremendous progress in rebuilding and now has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

This two-week program aligns with the 30-year anniversary of the Genocide. It features daily immersive experiences to help participants learn more about the country and its people. Participants will meet with genocide survivors and perpetrators, learn about efforts to rebuild and heal, and discuss controversies related to reconciliation, rebuilding, governance, and memory.

Participants will also experience the beauty of Rwanda and its people. In addition to cultural activities, ranging from dance and art to cooking, the tour will visit Akagera National Park for a 2-day safari experience. Participants will see the region’s largest protected wetland and many of Africa’s “Big Five” animals there.

Faculty Expertise

Unlike alumni and continuing education offered at many universities, this experience is led by TCNJ’s own experts in the field. Dr. Matthew Bender is a specialist in modern African history and regularly teaches a course on the History of the Rwanda Genocide. Dr. Cynthia Paces is an expert in Holocaust history. This tour is an engaged learning experience, not just a vacation.

Program Costs

The program fee of $5,721 includes the following expenses:

  • Provider program fee ($4,685)
  • GEO Blue International Medical and Emergency Insurance ($36)
  • Instructional fee ($1,000) Due as deposit in February 2024

Included in the above costs are:

  • Housing (hotels, double occupancy, $490 extra single supplement)
  • All in-country transportation
  • Weekend safari at Akagera National Park
  • All entrance fees
  • All breakfasts plus some additional meals

Excluded estimated expenses include:

  • Airfare (~$1,600)
  • Visa (~$50, paid on arrival)
  • Non-group lunches and dinners

Information Sessions

Join us to learn more about the Rwanda tour.  Two online information sessions are scheduled for:

  • November 29 at 7 p.m. EST
  • December 16 at 10 a.m. EST
  • January 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST

Please register for an information session here.  Upon receipt, you will receive a Zoom link.

Educational Leadership

Supervisor Certificate (fully online)

Through Off-Site Graduate Programs, candidates can complete the 12-credit (four class) Supervisor Certificate online in just one year.  This program is a focused course of study in supervision and curriculum and prepares teachers to earn an NJ Supervisor Administrative Certificate.  Candidates must hold or be working toward a master’s degree to participate in this program.

For academic advisement, consult Dr. Linda Mayger (

» Enroll in the Supervisor Certificate Program

» Pre-Register for Classes After Enrollment

Online Schedule

Summer Term (Two Sessions)

  1. CURR 514 Curriculum Theory and Practice
  2. EDAD 617 Advanced School Leadership and Supervision

Fall Term

  1. SUPV 520 Staff Supervision

Spring Term

  1. CURR 555 Advanced Curriculum


  • Classes meet synchronously on weekends only
  • Ability to study alongside New Jersey and international teachers and school leaders
  • Discounted, off-site tuition (please see details here)

Teacher Leader Certificate (District-Based Courses)

Through an integrated and thoughtfully sequenced 15-credit series of five courses, the Teacher Leader Certificate Program prepares teachers for non-supervisory leadership roles, such as facilitator, coach, and professional developer.

Interested? Contact Megan Gordon ( for more information on developing a Teacher Leader Certificate cohort in your school district.

Urban Teacher Residency Program

Elementary, Secondary, Teaching ESL

Become an Urban Educator with TCNJ’s Urban Teacher Residency Program

  • Earn a TCNJ Master’s of Education in a NJ state-approved certification area
  • Open to anyone with a BA/BS who wants to become a teacher. GPA requirements in effect
  • Diversify the field with more teachers of color
  • Recruit for hard-to-staff areas such as math and science
  • Prepare teachers who can improve the academic achievement of Black and Latina/o students in urban schools

» View the program website

Questions? Contact Dr. Salika Lawrence (, Professor & Campbell Endowed Chair of Urban Education.