New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ)

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    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. 

    What is the Alternate Route Teacher Preparation Program in New Jersey? 

    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 begin their job search. Once hired, they begin to teach as a provisional teacher. During their first year on the job they must take 200 hours of approved coursework in professional teacher education such as New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ). 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