I am started a certificate program this summer, which will last about 3 semesters, the last of which is a student teaching placement. A wonderful private school is very interested in me (as I in them). The director of studies says it is not a problem that I do not have an official NJ state certification, that independent schools do not require them. She says that if something comes up, I will be one of their first candidates. I know I'm getting ahead of myself here, but if I were to get a position here before my student-teaching semester, could I do my student teaching at that private school? In general, NJ'ers, does that seem possible? Have any of you done your student-teaching at a private school? Or, do any of you know of someone who has? Thanks in advance!