To New Jersey teachers: I was wondering if anyone knows if private school experience counts as teaching experience for nj teacher certification. I have a friend seeking certification who has a pa license but has not taught in pa public schools in probably 7-10 years, but has however been working in a nj private school for the past 5 years. A cert was not mandatory for the job, but this person's pa cert is still valid. Will this person's experience count for the two full-time experience (only the last 4 years of teaching count)? This person is seeking a standard cert and has multiple masters degrees in their two specialities and is very highly qualified and has met every other requirement and passed all the tests. I plan on telling my friend to call njdoe to find out for certain, but I was wondering if anyone had any insight (I also know it can be a pain getting in contact with these people - been through it!) Thanks!!