NJ May Soon Require Smarter Teachers
How smart to do have to be to teach in New Jersey? Right now, you can figure you'd need about the equivalent of a C plus or higher. That could change as New Jersey's Education Department is considering requiring prospective teachers to achieve at least a B average in college before they can get state certification. The new 3.0 grade-point requirement would be higher than the current 2.75.
The 3.0 average would match that of Pennsylvania and Delaware. Critics say it could weed out teachers who come from other professions. How smart do you think you should have to be to teach in New Jersey? How much have your college grades made a difference in your current job?