NJ May Raise Grade Requirements For Teachers
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.
But those who educate educators tell the Press of Atlantic City ) that it would not make much of a practical difference.
Neighboring Pennsylvania and Delaware already require a 3.0, and experts say it’s hard for an education graduate to get a job in New Jersey with marks lower than that.
Also, some teaching colleges require 3.0 averages of their students already.
Critics say the change could weed out some would-be teachers who come from other professions.
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