New Pathways Overview

New Pathways Overview

New Pathways Overview

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) is partnership among New Jersey City University and many of the New Jersey Community Colleges that has produced over 2,000 teachers in NJ for over 12 years. NPTNJ offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to become successful teachers.

The program provides a process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) to become licensed teachers without having to complete a traditional teacher training program. The NPTNJ program is regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education (DOE)

The NPTNJ program consists of 400 hours divided into a pre-service component of 50 hours plus 350 hours of instruction over four semesters. The 50-hour class is offered at NJCU as well as participating community colleges throughout New Jersey. The four semesters are offered entirely online.


  • NON-CREDIT: Non-credit $550 each semester or $2,200 for all four semesters. Subject to change without notice.
  • FOR-CREDIT: Tuition is $694.15 per graduate credit. Ex: For a six credit graduate course the cost would be (6 x $694.15 = $4,164.90). Based on the NJCU Board of Trustees and subject to change. Click here for latest information. The NJCU Masters Programs that accept NPTNJ credits provides additional information.

PRE-SERVICE COMPONENT called “Introduction to Teaching” (50 hours)

  • Introduction to Teaching course (30 hours)
  • Classroom observation (20 hours)

REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY: Students can only apply after they have completed the 50-hour Introduction to Teaching course AND have the following documents ready to include in their application:

1.An official transcript and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
2.Submit a Certificate of Eligibility
3.Certification of completion from 50-hour Intro class

NOTE: If you do not have a job you may still register for Semester One but you will need to enroll as a credit student. Doing so will mean that you pay the graduate tuition rather than the non-credit fee. Once you have a job you have the option of registering as a non-credit student for the following semester.

Semester 1 – All Candidates
EDU 500 Classroom Management Workshop (1 credit or 15 hours)
EDU 645 Curriculum and Methods (3 credits or 45 hours)
EDU 628 Learning and Motivation (3 credits or 45 hours)
Semester 2 – Elementary Candidates
LTED 605 Literacy in the Elem Curriculum (3 credits or 45 hours)
EDU 694 Curriculum: Math Science Technology  (3 credits or 45 hours) 
Secondary Candidates
LTED 607 Reading in the Secondary School (3 credits or 45 hours)
EDU 649 Secondary and Middle School Curriculum (3 credits or 45 hours)
Semester 3 Elementary Candidates
EDU 684 Integrating Curriculum & Instruction: Including Diverse Populations (3 credits or 45 hours)
EDU 691: Curriculum Social Studies/World Cultures/Creative Arts (3 credits or 45 hours) 
Secondary Candidates

(Same as Elementary)

EDU 616 Innovations in Teaching (3 credits or 45 hours)
Semester 4 – All Candidates
EDU 693 Educational Assessment (3 credits or 45 hours)
EDU 672 Internship Seminar (2 Credits or 39 hours) and State Performance Assessment - edTPA

After the Candidate completes the 400 hour (24 credit) instructional program, while also successfully teaching for two years, he/she will be issued a Standard Certificate.