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Paraprofessional to Teacher

Education Bachelor’s Degree

If you’re a paraprofessional working in a New Jersey school but haven’t yet finished your undergraduate education, now is the ideal time to return to college – and not just any college, but TCNJ, with its stellar reputation for producing so many of the region’s top teachers and education professionals. TCNJ is committed to helping you earn a bachelor’s degree in education and to preparing you to become a certified teacher. This program is funded by the state’s Some College, No Degree grant, administered by the NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

» Frequently Asked Questions

Request Info Apply Select the application for “Paraprofessionals to Teachers”

Students benefit from:

  • Online and hybrid learning:  Structured classroom time and travel are things of the past. This program is all about flexibility.
  • Reduced tuition:  Save your hard-earned money. Tuition rates are discounted from on-campus costs with no additional fees.
  • Duration:  Choose from full- and part-time options.
  • Support:  Orientation, workshops, and support programs are designed specifically for returning students.
  • Transfer credits:  You can transfer a maximum of 96 credits.

Application Requirements

Apply online and select the “Paraprofessionals to Teachers” program. Our application process is simple and efficient, and you can waive the $75 fee with code “GROWTCNJ.”

You need to provide the following:

  • One professional reference
  • Undergraduate transcripts

Credit Evaluation

  • For students transferring credits, TCNJ generally accepts courses taken at the 100 or 200 level if the final grade received is a “C” or higher.  Please keep in mind that this is a general guideline.
  • For students transferring from a two-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 66 credits (16.5 units).
  • For students transferring from a four-year college, TCNJ can accept a maximum of 96 credits (24 units). TCNJ recognizes a student as being a junior if 64 credits have been earned (16 units).
  • An academic evaluator in TCNJ’s Office of Records and Registration will conduct an official credit evaluation. Evaluations take place only after an applicant has been admitted. If you attend a New Jersey community college, please refer to the NJTransfer website for transfer equivalencies.

Costs and Aid

The cost of this program, pending board approval, is $1,450 per course with no additional fees. Grant funds are available to help offset indirect costs (e.g., books, supplies, and technology) of returning to school. To take advantage of our financial incentives, enroll before May 31, 2024.

Support Services/Systems

  • TCNJ Today provides access to TCNJ’s systems (e.g., PAWS, Canvas, and TCNJ Email—Google Apps).
  • PAWS is TCNJ’s electronic student database, where students can access grades, pay tuition, order transcripts, and apply for graduation. All students are assigned a PAWS ID. Get PAWS help.
  • Canvas is a course-management tool that allows users to post messages and upload class materials.
  • TCNJ Email: TCNJ sends all official communications, including your tuition invoice, only via email. If you don’t plan on using your TCNJ email account, it is critical that you permanently forward TCNJ emails to another email account.

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School of Education
Education Building, Suite 102
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628