I am a Third Grade teacher in an independent school in New Jersey. I just received my CE and am so happy because it was such a long an annoying process with the DOE. I am at a cross roads right now because my boss is saying that I need my Standard certificate to continue on in my position. I am upset because in our employee handbook it clearly states that you may have your CE, CEAS, or Standard certificate in order to be a head teacher at my school. So I don't understand why I need to get my Standard cert. Can someone explain? I am planning on calling her to discuss what the handbook says, but if it turns out that I do need to get my Standard and begin the PTP program...then I think I need some advice. Can anyone tell me about their experience in the PTP program, and what the classes were like? How painful is my year of working/going back to school really going to be? I'm also upset because it looks like the classes you have to take are just like the ones I took in college. (I completed my education classes but never received my certification...long story.) Is there a way for me to get out of having to take these classes? I am also interested in going to graduate school next fall. Is there a way for me to get my Standard certificate through graduate school? I would rather work on my masters while getting my certificate than taking these classes at a community college. Thank you!