The state should ensure that science teachers know all the subject matter they are licensed to teach.
New Jersey does not offer certification in general science for secondary teachers.
Although the state offers a physical science certificate, candidates are required to complete either a 30-credit coherent sequence of courses in physics and a minimum of 15 credits in chemistry, or a 30-credit coherent sequence of courses in chemistry and a minimum of 15 credits in physics. They must also pass all of the following Praxis II tests: "Chemistry," "Physics" and "General Science." These requirements ensure adequate content knowledge in both chemistry and physics.
Middle school science teachers in New Jersey are required to teach on an "elementary school with subject matter specialization" endorsement. Candidates must earn an academic major, and those teaching more than one content area must be certified in each additional area, which requires 15 credit hours of study in that subject. They must also pass the Praxis II "Middle School Science" test.
New Jersey noted that middle school science can also be taught by teachers holding any P-12 science certificate.