Principal Certification

Application Deadlines*:

Start Term:Classes Begin:Domestic  Deadline:
Fall - Session ISeptember Rolling
Fall - Session IIOctober Rolling
Spring - Session IJanuary Rolling
Spring - Session IIMarch Rolling 
Summer - Session IMay Rolling
Summer - Session IIJune Rolling

*Deadlines are subject to change. Deadline extensions may be granted on a case by case. Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information 

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • A 250-500 word essay discussing your goals and objectives for pursuing admission to the degree program to which you are applying
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • One recommendation letter from principal
  • One recommendation letter from vice principal
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • A copy of any teaching or educational services certification (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website)
  • Employment verification letter completed by Human Resources personnel at your district documenting five or more years of full-time teaching experience.


  • Must hold a master’s degree in education field.
  • Must hold current standard teaching/educational services certificate(s).
  • Must have completed five year of successful teaching under the standard certificate.

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

International Applicants:

This program is not currently available to international students seeking an F-1 student visa.

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact graduate admissions with questions about our graduate programs, to get answers to your graduate application questions, or to schedule a visit to NJCU.

Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Phone: 201-200-3409