For over 10 years more than 2,000 professionals have completed the New Pathways for Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) Program! NPTNJ is a partnership between New Jersey City University and many of the New Jersey Community Colleges. Regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education, the 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 explaining The New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Program click here.
The NJCU New Pathways to Teaching 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). Visit the CEs and CTEs accepted in NPTNJ web page.
Here’s how the program works:
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. NJCU offers all four semesters of New Pathways entirely online.
50-Hour Introduction to Teaching Course.
Application into the 50-Hour Introduction to Teaching class of requires following:
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.
Application into Semester One requires the following:
50-Hour Introduction to Teaching (only offered as non-credit)
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 – 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
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:
ESL Alternate Route Application Form
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:
NOTE: Click on the link below to start the online application process for New Pathways. If you have any questions please email email@example.com or call 201-200-2128.
Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Certificate of Eligibility (CE)
New Jersey City University will offer free webinars to help provide a better understanding of the alternate route to teaching process and of New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ). The NPTNJ is now completely online and accessible to anyone in New Jersey. For over 10 years more than 2,000 professionals have completed the NPTNJ. Regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education, the NPTNJ offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to become successful teachers. Upcoming webinars are located below and previously published webinars are located on the archived site.
NJCU New Pathways to Teaching
How do I begin the credit conversion process?
Please complete and submit this form to begin your Credit Conversion process. Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a credit conversion?
A credit conversion allows you to convert a non-credit New Pathways class to a graduate class at NJCU.
Who is eligible for a credit conversion?
Anyone who previously completed a non-credit class in the New Pathways program. The credit conversion is available anytime within five years of completing semester one.
How many non-credits may I convert?
You may convert up to 15 credits if you completed the program prior to 2017 or 24 credits if you completed the program after May 2019.
Is there a fee associated with a credit conversion?
Yes, you may convert your non-credit class to a graduate credit by paying the current NJCU graduate credit tuition. Currently that is $711.40 and subject to change so please click here to verify the latest price per graduate credit. The NJCU Masters Programs that accept NPTNJ credits provides additional information.
What steps are involved with the credit conversion process?
Step 1: Provide the following information in an email:
· Your name as it was during the time you were a NPTNJ student
· The number of non-credits you would like to convert
· The semester you were enrolled in the non-credit NPTNJ class(es) you wish to convert
· If applicable, what community college you attended at the time
· If applicable, the NJCU Master’s program you would like to apply to
Step 2: Send the email to email@example.com and write CREDIT CONVERSION in the subject line.
Step 3: NJCU will confirm receipt of your message and verify your information.
Step 4: NJCU will send you an invoice.
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
50-Hour Introduction to Teaching Course:
Mondays 2/11 – 4/8 Face-to-face on 2/11, 3/18 and 4/8 (no class on 3/11); 6 – 10pm
Wednesdays 3/20 – 5/8 Face-to-face on 3/20, 4/17, and 5/8; 6 – 10pm
Saturdays 4/13-6/1 Face-to-face 4/13, 5/11, 6/1; 9am – 1pm
Mondays 5/6 – 6/24 Face-to-face on 5/6, 6/3 and 6/24; 6 – 10pm
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Andrea Schaffel, Program Supervisor
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738-1543
50-Hour Introduction to Teaching Course
Sec 2: Sat, Mar 2-Apr 20, online and face to face
Face to face sessions: Sat, Mar 2 (9:30 am-noon), Mar 23 & Apr 20, (9:30-11:30 am)
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Amy Yates 732-224-2158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowan College at Burlington County
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
50 Hour Introduction to Teaching Class and 26 Hour Companion Course (for those previously completing the 24 hour course) will begin on April 1 and end on May 20, 2019. Registration is now open. For future planning , the courses will also be offered from June 3 to July 15 at RCBC.
For information contact: Dr. Carol Grant-Holmes at email@example.com or 856 222-9311 EXT. 1468 for additional information or to register.
Camden County College
200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ 08012
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Kaina Hanna, Career & Technical Institute of Camden County College by phone at (856) 874-6004 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
County College of Morris
214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869
For more information , please contact: Irena Kaler (973) 328-5085 email@example.com
Cumberland County College
60 W. Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact 856-776-2373
Essex County College
On-Campus Continuing Education
303 University Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07102
50 Hour Intro class from July 17th to September 11. Our first Fall class will begin on September 21. Our Praxis Prep will begin on October 5. For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Everlyn Hay, NPTNJ Coordinator/Liason (973) 877-1869 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hudson County Community College
70 Sip Avenue, Unit 1, Jersey City, NJ 07306
50-Hour Introduction to Teaching Course $295
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Luis Sosa Santiago at 201-360-4244 or 201-360-4232 or email@example.com
Mercer County Community College
1200 Old Trenton Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
For more information on upcoming classes, please contact Jigna Rao at firstname.lastname@example.org at the Center for Continuing Studies.
Middlesex County College
2600 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Kimberlee Hooper at email@example.com 732-906-2554 or 732.548.6000 x3144
Ocean County College
College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08753
For more information, or to register for the course, please contact Karen Albrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-255-0409.
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
The Alternate Route is a certification program that allows qualified candidates to begin teaching after taking a 50-hour Introduction to Teaching course. The candidates then take the remaining two years of coursework while they are teaching. Alternate route candidates begin as a regular classroom teacher. They will have a mentor assigned to them–typically another teacher in the school—for the first year. They will have all the responsibilities and salary of a fully certified teacher and must obtain an effective summative evaluation rating in two of their first three years of teaching.
The Alternate Route is not an easier route to becoming a licensed teacher. It requires 400 hours of coursework, similar to a traditional teacher preparation program. A candidate must be able to learn on the job and be able to handle the workload of graduate-level classes while teaching. The advantage is that the candidate can start teaching right away and apply their knowledge in their own classroom.
For more information about the alternate route visit the NJDOE website.
Applying for a Certificate of Eligibility
What should I do while the state is reviewing my CE application?
How do I check on the status of my CE application?
How long is the CE valid? Does it expire?
May I look for a job if I don’t have my CE?
Does my teaching job have to be in the same area as my CE?
What are the criteria for a teaching position?
May I teach in a private or charter school in New Jersey?
How can I find a job?
Here are just a few of the many resources available to help you find a teaching job:
How do I earn the Standard Certificate (SC)?
How do I apply to the program?
Click here to access the online application: https://www.njcu.edu/academics/new-pathways-teaching-nj-nptnj/nptnj-online-application
Application into the 50-Hour Introduction to Teaching class requires the following:
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.
Do I need to have a Bachelor’s Degree to enroll in this program?
May I enroll in this program if I have an Associate’s Degree?
If I already have a Master’s Degree may I enroll in this program?
What is the minimum grade point average for the program?
If the grade point average for my Bachelor’s degree is below the minimum required for this program, but I have a Master’s degree with a higher grade point average may I use that instead?
Do I need to submit a transcript with my application?
What is the minimum course grade requirement?
What if I have a degree from outside the United States?
If I previously completed the Introduction to Teaching class under the initial Pathways program do I need to re-take the new 50-hour Pre-Service class?
If I previously completed Stage I of the program before Fall 2017 what do I do?
Do I need to have a job prior to enrolling in the First Semester of New Pathways?
What is the difference between the non-credit certification only option and the graduate credit option?
What are the advantages to taking the NPTNJ program for graduate credit?
What do I need to do if I want to pursue a master’s degree after I complete NPTNJ?
If I completed New Pathways as a non-credit student but wanted to convert non-credits to graduate credits is that possible?
What is required for dual Certification in ESL, TOSD, or Bilingual?
You may complete dual certification in English as a Second Language, Teacher of Students with Disabilities, or Bilingual Education while doing NPTNJ. Candidates pursuing these certificates will have six years to complete the coursework.
ESL: We have a separate, approved program in ESL. Click here for more information. (add link to overview page that describes the program) To enroll in this program click here.
TOSD: You will enroll in NPTNJ and in Graduate Studies for TOSD concurrently. Complete the application for NPTNJ. You must also enroll in Graduate Studies at NJCU by completing this application. For information on required courses for TOSD, please contact Dr. Carol Fleres.
Bilingual: You will enroll in NPTNJ and in Graduate Studies for Bilingual Education concurrently. Complete the application for NPTNJ.
You must also enroll in Graduate Studies at NJCU by completing this application.
For information on required courses for Bilingual Education, please contact Dr. Alexis Kim.
The following NJCU graduate degree programs accept course credits from NPTNJ. Please contact the appropriate department chairperson for more information and be sure the advisor knows you have credits from NPTNJ. Learn more on how to apply for matriculation into a degree program.
Elementary/Secondary Education: Please contact Dr. Morales, Department Chair.
M.A.T. in Elementary or Secondary Education – 24 credits accepted; additional 12 credits needed for M.A.T. Degree.
Educational Technology: Please contact Dr. Zieger, Department Chair.
M.A. in Educational Technology – 15 credits accepted; additional 21 credits needed for M.A. Degree.
MA in Educational Technology with School Library Media Specialist certification – 12 credits accepted, additional 24 credits needed for certification. Please contact Dr. Zieger, Department Chair.
M.A.T. in Special Education – 12 credits converted from NPTNJ; additional 24 credits needed for eligibility to apply for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement and M.A.T. degree.
Multicultural Education: Please contact Dr. Kim, Department Chair.
M.A. in English as a Second Language –3 credits accepted; additional 21 credits needed to apply for ESL endorsement.
M.A. in Bilingual Education – 3 credits accepted; additional 18 credits needed to apply for Bilingual endorsement.
The GPA requirements for obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility and entering the Alternate Route are set by the New Jersey Department of Education and we cannot change them nor waive those requirements. In order to enter any Alternate Route program in New Jersey you must have a 3.0 if you graduated after Sept. 2016 or a 2.75 if you graduate before that date. If your GPA is lower than this, you are NOT eligible for any Alternate Route program.
You may still be able to pursue a teaching career by entering a TRADITIONAL teacher preparation program: https://nj.gov/education/educators/newteacher/ . If you can gain entry and complete a full teacher preparation program, you can re-establish a new GPA at the end of that program, and then apply for a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. In a traditional teacher preparation program, you complete your coursework and clinical practice hours (i.e. student teaching) before applying for your certification. The challenge will be gaining entry into a traditional teaching preparation program. It may be possible to complete a program as a post-baccalaureate candidate or to transfer in credits from your previous degree and complete a second bachelor’s degree. The following is a list of institutions that have traditional teacher preparation programs: https://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/rpr/preparation/traditional/programs.pdf
Our recommendation is to contact a representative from one of these institutions to determine their admission policies for their traditional teacher preparation programs.
To view one of the previously hosted New Pathways webinars click on a title below and register. Upon registration you will be able to view the webinar.
The New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Candidate Handbook contains important information to review prior to, and during, your time in the program.
Please review the information in this PowerPoint presentation to learn how to obtain your Standard Certification.
I was one of those college students who ambitiously soaked up knowledge only to earn a degree that didn’t land me a desirable job. After graduation, I worked in a series of entry-level positions. When I entered unemployment due to management shifts in one of those positions, I knew I needed to find a new route. I stumbled upon a train named New Pathways and soon after embarked on a new journey.
The trip has been long and at times fatiguing, but it has afforded me much: multiple teaching certificates and teaching assignments, a counseling license, post-graduate studies at Princeton University, and even a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I currently work as a high school special education teacher during the day, and as a licensed therapist some nights. I anticipate a school counseling position commencing this September and foresee doctoral preparation over the summer, so the journey continues. Thank you, New Pathways, for keeping me on the rail!
-Melissa R., High school special education teacher
I completed the New Pathways to Teaching Program in 2010 after graduating with a Marketing degree and spending several years in the corporate world as an account manager.
When I decided to become an educator, it was not too difficult a decision and the New Pathways program made the journey enjoyable. During my first year of teaching I was able to use many of the strategies learned in class.
The classroom conversations were phenomenal and very helpful. I taught fifth grade for 5 years and I taught 8th grade math for one. I took the course credit option and completed my masters through Central Michigan University.
Getting my degree opened the door for me to become the curriculum coordinator for my school while I was still teaching. After teaching 8th grade I moved into a coaching position which I have been in for three years now.
Dawn W., Elementary Teacher
As the eldest daughter of a first generation immigrant family, cultural expectations influenced my decision to pursue a career in math and science. Two years into a competitive PharmD program, I realized my passion was not in medicine, but in the art of being a teacher that empowered the lives of young minds. The New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey program at NJCU gave me the opportunity to manifest my dream into reality by taking an alternate route to teaching. In the NPTNJ program, I was fortunate to learn from incredibly talented, experienced, and respected educators.
My professors guided me through the pedagogy behind setting high expectations in the classroom while engaging students with highly effective lessons through my instructional design and delivery. My experience at NJCU has been filled with growth and would not have been possible without the commitment, support, and staff of the NPTNJ program. As a New Pathways graduate, I am dedicated to giving back to my community as an innovative teacher that brings excitement and inquiry to the classroom. I currently teach 4th grade at Jersey City Global Charter School and love coming to work each day.
My days are spent closing the achievement gap by teaching my students how to think critically and set high standards for themselves while providing them with a rigorous academic core curriculum that challenges their creative talents and celebrates their diversity. I believe that all my students are stars. The New Pathways program at NJCU helped me find my light and shine on for my students and future.
-Marium T., Elementary teacher
Becoming a teacher was the most fulfilling career decision I’ve ever made. Being able to teach and encourage children to learn is such an amazing purpose in life. I would not have been able to attain this goal without the New Pathways program at NJCU. I can honestly say going back to school at NJCU has change my life forever!
-Patrick B., Elementary art teacher
When I made the decision to become a teacher, I did not know where to turn. I was eventually pointed in the direction of New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey at RCBC. What I found was a program that was devoted to me as a person and as a professional. Throughout Stage I and Stage II, I found a cohort of peers who were going through the same celebrations and struggles with me. I found professors who were willing and eager to teach me. And lastly, though I am now done with the program and have been teaching for two years, I retain a support system which has enriched my teaching career and my life.
-Chris Q., Elementary teacher