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Graduate Degree Program - New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey

  • New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey is a New Jersey Department of Education authorized provider of formal instruction required of novice alternate route teachers who are seeking elementary or subject area standard instructional certificates. Instructional training sites are based in community colleges throughout the state and are coordinated by New Jersey City University. Candidates in the program may elect to participate on either a credit or non-credit basis.

    New Pathways consists of two stages of instruction, Stage I, a pre-service experience of 60 hours of instruction and clinical experiences, and Stage II, a September through June program of 146 hours that takes place concurrently with the novice teacher’s provisional year.

    Candidates take NPTNJ courses at local community colleges. NPTNJ consists of two stages, a total of 15 credits.

    Stage I ( 6 weeks, typically starts in January, April, and June)

    EDU 500 Classroom Management (1 credit)
    EDU 645 Curriculum and Methods (3 credits)

    Stage II (10 months, September-June)

    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)

    You can earn up to 15 credits toward your future master’s degree at NJCU:
    MAT Elementary Education
    MAT Secondary Education
    MAT Special Education
    MA Educational Technology
    MA in Reading Specialist
    MA in Urban Education: Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools specialization
    MA in Urban Education (Bilingual/Bicultural specialization)
    MA in Urban Education (ESL specialization)
    MA in Urban Education (World Languages specialization)

    NPTNJ is also an approved provider for the new 90 hour requirement for elementary and middle school alternate route teachers.
    LTED 608 Elementary and Middle School Language Arts/Literacy (3 credits) - Fall semester
    MATH 608 Seminar in Modern Elementary School Mathematics ( 3 credits) - Spring semester

    For more information, contact your local community college

    Bergen Community College (201) 493-3792
    Brookdale Community College (732) 224-2301
    Burlington Community College (609) 894-9311 ext. 1468
    Camden County College (856) 227-7200 ext.4273
    Count College of Morris (973) 328-5187
    Cumberland County College (856) 691-8600 ext.232
    Hudson County Community College (201) 360-4255
    Mercer County Community College (609) 570-3856
    Middlesex County College (732) 548-6000 ext. 7827
    Ocean County College (732) 255-0477 ext.2981
    Passaic County Community College (973) 684-6202
    Sussex County College (973) 300-2287
    Union County College (908) 709-7602

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