Non-degree Supervisor Endorsement Program

    Program Overview

    The non-degree Supervisor Endorsement Program offered at the GSE is nationally certified by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and allows certified teachers to take coursework that leads to New Jersey Department of Education certification as a supervisor within an elementary or secondary school setting. Students who enroll in this program typically seek to advance in their current role and demonstrate the core competencies needed to be effective leaders in public and private K-12 schools or higher education institutions. Candidates commonly continue to work for local school districts, charter schools, or other educational institutions while completing the required coursework. The program curriculum includes courses focusing on curriculum development at various levels, school administration, and supervision of instruction.

    This 12-credit endorsement program is available only to individuals who hold a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate, or its out-of-state equivalent. Three years of full-time teaching experience is also required. The program is not aligned with any specific degree program, does not lead to a degree of any kind, and is usually completed at the New Brunswick campus with some online classes available. All 12 credits in the endorsement program must be completed at Rutgers University. No transfer credits will be accepted. 

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Aug 15 / Dec 15 / May 15

    Entry Term(s)

    Fall / Spring / Summer

    Program Level

    Non-degree

    Program Type

    Certification

    Format

    Online

    Credits

    12

  • What You’ll Learn

    Through research-driven curriculum and guidance from expert faculty, candidates enrolled in this program will deepen their knowledge of educational administration and refine their leadership skills to promote effective teaching and in turn, students’ academic success and well-being. Coursework will focus on topics including curriculum development at various levels, school administration, and supervision of instruction. Graduates of the program will possess the ability to develop and support academically rigorous, equitable systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that effectively facilitate student learning and academic success.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements

    12 Graduate Course Credits

    • 3 Credits – Curriculum and Instruction
    • 3 Credits – Supervision of Instruction
    • 6 Credits from the Following:
        • 3 Credits – Curriculum Development in the Elementary School
        • 3 Credits – Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted
        • 3 Credits – Curriculum Development in the Secondary School
        • 3 Credits – Curriculum of Middle and Junior High School
        • 3 Credits – Administration and Supervision of Elementary and Secondary Schools

    Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE to notify them and to secure an application for the state endorsement. GSE personnel will then forward the completed application to Trenton along with a recommendation that the certification be awarded.

    Additional Requirements for New Jersey Certification:

    To be certified as a supervisor in New Jersey, graduates of the GSE’s non-degree Supervisor Endorsement Program must also complete state mandated administrative training in the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB). Details on the required training can be downloaded here.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    The non-degree Supervisor Endorsement Program at the GSE prepares candidates for supervisor certification and managing roles in New Jersey public and private K-12 schools and higher education institutions. These positions may include supervisor of instruction, but also other nontraditional school staff roles such as athletic director. Supervisor certification authorizes candidates to provide strategic guidance and ongoing direction for instructional personnel to support student success.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Photocopy or electronic copy of a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
    • 1 Letter of Recommendation
      • The letter of recommendation must be authored by the applicant’s current or previous school principal or superintendent, on school letterhead, certifying the completion of three years of successful, full-time employment under a New Jersey Standard Instructional Certificate or Educational Services Certificate
    • Official Transcripts 
      • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or higher degree equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants are not usually admitted with a GPA less than 2.75 in their most recent degree

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.

  • How to Apply

    Current Rutgers University Students:

    All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu.

    Non-Rutgers University Students:

    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance

    Tuition

    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

Rutgers is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers websites to accessibility@rutgers.edu or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback form.
Scroll to Top