State Alignment

New Jersey

Earn your annual professional development hours toward your New Jersey License requirement with our self-paced online courses.


New Jersey teachers must complete at least 20 hours of professional development each school year (replacing the previous requirement of 100 hours over five years) as a part of an Individual Professional Development Plan (PDP). The move to a yearly hourly requirement ensures that PDPs are revisited each year and are aligned with the teacher’s evaluation results as well as any learning related to school, team, or district priorities.

  • State Professional Development Hours Option- For each course completed, you will earn either 30-45 Professional Development Hours toward the 20 annual state PD hours requirement. You can now register for our courses at any time. When you register for one of our self-paced courses you will have up to 4 months from the date of registration to complete your course. Since these courses are completely self-paced the amount of time to complete it will be dependent on how much time you put into them on a regular basis. Most teachers are able to finish their course within a 4-week period.
  • Graduate Credits Option: Teach & Kids Learn (TKL) provides accredited university graduate credits courses. We provide official transcripts. and letter grades upon the successful completion of your selected course. When selecting your course, choose any of our Graduate Credit level courses from our registration page.

We always recommend that you follow any pre-approval requirements in your district before you register for courses. However, many teachers have been successful using our courses to advance on their district’s salary scale—and have typically been able to use our university/college-level course offerings.

Please contact us if you need assistance with the submission of your district approval forms, course syllabus, etc.

For more information, visit the New Jersey Department of Education website.