Program coursework is rooted in the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), the Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) from the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, and the Teacher Leader Model Standards from the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium.
Requirements for NJ Principal Certificate
This degree is one element in the requirements for a New Jersey principal’s certificate. The other elements currently required by the State of New Jersey include: a passing score on the state-approved exam that is aligned with the Professional Standards for School Leaders as defined in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.4 and completion of a one-to two-year Mentored Internship. Candidates for admission to The College of New Jersey program must possess a valid teaching certificate and the appropriate years of teaching experience.
- Official transcripts
- Application fee
- 2 letters of recommendation
- National standardized admission test requirement (waived for post-master’s certificate program)
- Copy of teacher certification
- Additional documents needed from international applicants seeking to study in the U.S.
Applicants need to make sure all materials are completed by either the Priority Consideration Deadline or the Final Deadline in order for an application to be considered complete.
|Term||Priority Consideration||Final Deadline|
|Fall Matriculation||February 1||August 1|
|Spring Matriculation||October 1||December 1|
Tuition & Costs
The College of New Jersey provides a high quality education at a lower than average cost than other schools of similar quality.
|In-State / Nearby Tuition*||$938.17 per credit|
|Out-of-State Tuition||$1,368.05 per credit|
*Includes nearby Pennsylvania zip codes in a 40 mile radius of TCNJ.
The College Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing tuition, fees, housing and board plan rates. Tuition and fees schedules are subject to change without notice and upon action of the Board of Trustees.
Assistantships & Aid
TCNJ offers graduate assistantships that provide meaningful learning experiences while also supporting TCNJ’s educational mission. These assistantships require 15 hours of work per week during the fall and spring semesters while the college is in session. Only those full-time (minimum 9 credits/semester), matriculated graduate students in good academic standing with a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for selection.
Graduate Assistants are awarded a tuition waiver of $10,000.00 per academic year ($5,000 per semester for fall and spring only) and are hired on an annual basis for a maximum of two years.
Students pursuing a graduate degree at TCNJ may be eligible for some types of student financial assistance, including but not limited to student loans and assistantships. Graduate students must follow the same steps as undergraduates in applying for federal loan assistance.
Graduate students must be enrolled in at least five credit hours at the 500 level or above in order to be eligible for student loan assistance and for TCNJ to certify enrollment for a loan repayment deferment.
Semester Enrollment Requirements for Graduate Students
Full-time status = 9 or more credit hours
Half-time status = 5 credit hours
The enrollment requirements pertain to individual summer session enrollment as well.