NJCU’s New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Accepting Career and Technical Education Candidates For Alternate Route Certification

November 22, 2021
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. | The New Jersey City University (NJCU) New Pathways Alternate Route program is now accepting Career and Technical Education (CTE) candidates for alternate route certification in New Jersey.

NJCU’s New Pathways Alternate Route program is a unique, completely online program for individuals with a bachelor's degree to become a certified teacher in New Jersey. The program includes 400 hours of training courses for new teachers.

The New Pathways Alternate Route program allows people who have career and technical experience to start teaching right away. Program participants complete the novice teacher training courses during their first two years of teaching and after earning successful teaching evaluations, are eligible for standard teacher certification. The online program enrolls candidates from all over the state.

Increasing the availability of vocational and technical courses in New Jersey public schools is a state priority at a time where New Jersey, like many other states, is grappling with a shortage of teachers in specific disciplines, and as such, NJCU’s New Pathways Alternate Route program will help to launch many more teaching careers.

“This addition of CTE into New Pathways is yet another example of how NJCU and participating community colleges continue their 20-year collaboration of training future NJ teachers,” said Dr. Michael Edmondson, Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning at the institution.

In addition to the new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, New Pathways also has online programs for teachers in elementary school, secondary subject areas, English as a Second Language, and Special Education. The programs offer flexible choices for credit, non-credit, and pathways into NJCU graduate programs in the College of Education.

For more information, visit the New Pathways website at www.njcu.edu/nptnj or contact newpathways@njcu.edu.

About NJCU:
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 28 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.

We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.

At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.


Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301