New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ)

New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ)



For both  K-12 and  P-3, there are still 24-hour Introduction to Teaching classes at NJCU that could help if you are trying to obtain a CE. Classes run is fully online and self-paced! To register, please click HERE or call the Department of Continuing Education with questions at 201.200.3089.


Stage I and Stage II are offered from January through June 2017.

Application Deadlines:

Stage I: January 9, 2017.

Stage II ( January ): January 16, 2017

Stage II ( March):February 20, 2017

***Important Information***

Please keep in mind that this program is changing. NJCU has decided to run the 200-hour program in its entirety one more time, starting January 2017. This is your last opportunity to enter under the present 200-hour format. Please reach out to us at or (201) 200-2128.

NPTNJ is a partnership between New Jersey City University and New Jersey Community Colleges.

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program for candidates who already possess a Bachelor's Degree and Certificate of Eligibility. Candidates take NPTNJ coursework at local NJ Community Colleges using a curriculum created jointly by New Jersey City University and the Community Colleges. The NPTNJ program consists of two stages, Stage I and II. Stage I (4 Credits) incorporates classroom management techniques, lesson planning, and on-site classroom observations. Stage II (11 Credits) provides coursework essential for the development of excellent teachers.

Listed below are Graduate Level Courses taken during Stage I and Stage II:

Stage I

EDU 500 Classroom Management (1 Credit)
EDU 645 Curriculum and Methods (3 Credits)

Stage II

EDU 628 Learning and Motivation (3 Credits) EDU 693 Educational Assessment (3 Credits)
EDU 652 Student Teaching (2 Credits)
LTED 641 Reading and the School Curriculum (3 Credits)

Please note that there is a choice of a Credit or Non-Credit Enrollment.
Please note that the program is identical for both credit and non-credit options.


Stage I start dates please Click Here

  1. Credit means that the courses you take can be applied to obtaining a Graduate Degree and will be added to an official NJCU transcript.
  2. Non-Credit means that the courses you take cannot be applied to obtaining a Graduate Degree and will not be added to an official NJCU transcript.


The Alternate Route in New Jersey provides a process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and a Certificate of Eligibility (CE), to become licensed teachers without having to complete a traditional teacher training program. Students receive a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) issued by the New Jersey Department of Education by providing evidence of appropriate academic preparation in a subject area and successfully passing the corresponding Praxis II exam.Effective September 1, 2015 there is additional testing required. Go to for complete information and the flexibility rules.

Once alternate route candidates have obtained their CE, they are eligible to be employed and to begin an instructional program, such as New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ). Please keep in mind that some 200-hour instructional alternate route programs require employment before the candidate begins the program; however, New Pathways does not. The candidate will need employment in order to complete the program. Upon completion of both the provisional year of teaching and the 200 academic hours from New Pathways to Teaching in NJ, as well as a recommendation from the principal in the employing school, the candidates will meet all requirements for their standard licensure.

The state requires that in order to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE), all potential candidates must take a 24 hour pre-service component. This 24 hour course will be offered at community colleges throughout the state as well as NJCU.

For more information, contact your local Community College Liaison to New Pathways or e-mail the NPTNJ Office at


Location: Hepburn Hall, Room 201
Tel: 201-200-2128
Fax: 201-200-2908


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