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Global Students ONLY


The Certificate of Qualification application process begins based upon the posted completion date on official transcript.  It is not processed on the date your CQ application was uploaded and received.

Global Certificate of Qualification Applications

Upon completion, ALL STUDENTS may apply for a Certificate of Qualification
The Certificate of Qualification, which was developed collaboratively by The College of New Jersey School of Education and the Office of Graduate Off-Site Programs is issued to both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens who are living abroad. The CQ verifies completion of a teaching certificate that allows candidates to teach within the International School community (outside of the U.S.).

  1. Apply for graduation/program completion through PAWS
  2. All documents must be complete and uploaded to the portal at the same time
  3. All program completers who apply will receive a Certificate of Qualification
  4. U.S. Citizens can also apply for a Certificate of Eligibility directly through the NJDOE
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



Certification IconUpload edTPA Score Report (if applicable)

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Upload Any Program Specific Documentation (e.g. OPI, SLPI, work experience letter)

GLOBAL Portal to Submit Completed Documents

The application process takes approximately 6 weeks after your degree is posted on your transcript

All CQ certificates will be mailed directly from TCNJ