New Jersey Revised Statutes § 18a:6-116 -

18A:6-116 "VETeach Pilot Program."

1. a. There is established in the Department of Education a four-year "VETeach Pilot Program." The purpose of the pilot program shall be to address the shortage of certified public school teachers that is anticipated to occur due to teacher retirements, by taking advantage of the qualified workforce represented by the State's veterans. The pilot program shall facilitate the teacher certification of veterans in order to advance the State's goals of ensuring a qualified public school workforce and addressing the high rate of unemployment among returning veterans.

b.Under the pilot program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey shall enroll in a 36-month teacher preparation program, a single cohort of students who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and who served on or after September 11, 2001. The program shall lead to a baccalaureate degree and completion of the requirements necessary to apply to the State Board of Examiners for a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing.

c.Richard Stockton College of New Jersey shall establish, with the approval of the State Board of Education, the coherent sequence of courses required to be completed by a student under the pilot program in order to be eligible to receive a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing. A certificate of eligibility with advanced standing issued to a student who completes the pilot program shall authorize the student to seek employment as a teacher in grades K through 8, and in certain secondary education fields.

d.Upon the conclusion of the pilot program, the commissioner shall report to the Governor, and to the Legislature pursuant to section 2 of P.L.1991, c.164 (C.52:14-19.1), on the number of veterans who enrolled in the teacher preparation program established under the pilot program, the number of those veterans who were hired as teachers in public or nonpublic schools, and the advisability of the establishment of similar programs on a permanent basis.

L.2012, c.2, s.1.

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