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. For a list of upcoming free webinars click here.

The program provides a process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) to become licensed teachers by taking classes while they are doing their first two years of teaching. The NPTNJ program is regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education (DOE). For CEs and CTEs accepted in NPTNJ, click here.

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Candidates apply to the NJDOE for a Certificate of Eligibility. This allows the candidate to get an alternate route teaching job. Click here for information on how to get a CE.
  2. Candidates take a 50-hour Introduction to Teaching Course which includes classroom observations and field experience. Participating community colleges offer in-person classes while NJCU offers the class online.
  3. Candidates begin teaching in the Provisional Teacher Program and concurrently take an additional 350 hours (24 credits) of alternate route classes.
  4. Candidates must teach for two years with successful evaluations, complete a year of mentoring, and complete the alternate classes in order to apply for a Standard Certificate to teach in New Jersey.


The NPTNJ alternate route program is equivalent to 24 graduate credits or 400 hours of instruction over four semesters. The 50-hour, Introduction to Teaching class is offered online and in-person 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 $711.40 per graduate credit. 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.


50-Hour Introduction to Teaching Course.

Application into the 50-Hour Introduction to Teaching class of requires following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A cumulative 2.75 GPA (if you graduated prior to September 2016) or a 3.0 GPA (if you graduated after September 2016) or higher from a bachelor’s or master’s degree program.
  • Send your official transcript to

Once your materials have been approved, you may register for the 50-Hour class held online via NJCU or in-person at one of the participating community colleges.

Semester One

Application into Semester One requires the following:

  • Copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (CE).
  • Verification of completion from 50-hour Introduction to Teaching class.
  • Letter of employment from school district (if you have secured a job)



All Candidates Introduction to Teaching (50 hours, only non-credit)

Semester 1 All Candidates
1st 8 weeks: EDU 500 Classroom Management Workshop (1 credit) and EDU 645 Curr
iculum and Methods (3 credits)
2nd 8 weeks: EDU 628 Learning and Motivation (3 credits)
Semester 2 Elementary Candidates

1st 8 weeks:
LTED 605 Literacy in the Elem Curriculum (3 credits)
Secondary Candidates

1st 8 weeks:
LTED 607 Reading in the Secondary School (3 credits)
2nd 8 weeks:
EDU 694 Curriculum: Integrating Math/Science/ Technology (3 credits) 
2nd 8 weeks:
EDU 649 Secondary and Middle School Curriculum (3 credits)
Semester 3 Elementary Candidates

1st 8 weeks:
EDU 684 Integrating Curriculum & Instruction: Including Diverse Populations (3 credits)
Secondary Candidates

1st 8 weeks:
EDU 684 Integrating Curriculum & Instruction: Including Diverse Populations (3 credits)
2nd 8 weeks:
EDU 691: Curriculum Social Studies/World Cultures/Creative Arts (3 credits)
2nd 8 weeks:
EDU 616 Innovations in Teaching (3 credits)
Semester 4 All Candidates
1st 8 weeks:
EDU 672 Internship Seminar and State Performance Assessment – edTPA (if not already completed) (2 credits)

2nd 8 weeks: EDU 693 Educational Assessment (3 credits)

Special Note: The NJDOE is giving alternate route candidates until August 31, 2019 to take edTPA by submitting a complete portfolio without needing a passing score. Because of this, in Spring 2019, all candidates will be offered the opportunity to take EDU 672 and complete edTPA.

New Pathways for Teaching – English as a Second Language (in-person classes)

NPTNJ has a separate approved Alternate Route Program for ESL Teachers. Candidates must take all courses in-person and for credit. Courses in this program will transfer into the M.A. with ESL Specialization.

Course Sequence for ESL Alternate Route

  • Semester 1  
    • MCC 627         Historical & Cultural Background of Limited English Proficient Students (3 credits)
    • MCC 611         Theories of Language Teaching (2 credits)
    • MCC 612         Observations of ESL (1 credit)
  • Semester 2          
    • MCC 655         Methods of Teaching ESL (3 credits)
    • MCC 600         General Linguistics (3 credits)
    • LTED 635        Effective Literacy Strategies for English Language Learners OR (3 credits)
    • LTED 605        Literacy in the Elementary Curriculum OR (3 credits)
    • LTED 607        Reading in the Secondary School (3 credits)
  • Semester 3          
    • MCC 604         Phonology & Structure of American English (3 credits)
    • MCC 603         Applied Linguistics with Emphasis on Second Language Experience (3 credits)
  • Semester 4          
    • EDU 693          Educational Assessment (3 credits)
    • EDU 672          Internship Seminar and State Performance Assessment – edTPA (2 credits)

Total Credits    26       

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Alexis Kim.

To apply to the program, you must enroll in NPTNJ and enroll in the graduate ESL alternate route program at the same time. Complete those applications here:

NPTNJ Application Form

ESL Alternate Route Application Form