Alternate Route ESL Certification

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Get started on your Alternate Route English as a Second Language Teacher Certification application here:


Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
Spring Rolling
Summer Rolling
Fall  Rolling

*Deadlines are subject to change. Deadline extensions may be granted on a case by case. Please contact Graduate Admissions for more information 

Admission requirements:

  • A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • A copy of regular CE in ESL (temporary/limited CE not acceptable) (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website)
  • Employment verification letter to provide a proof of full-time employment as a lead teacher in K-12 ESL classroom setting
  • 50 hour Introduction to Teaching K-12 course verification form. Contact the Adult and Continuing Education for more information about the 50 Hour Course)

*Note: NJCU does not evaluate international transcripts. In lieu of a transcript, applicants with a non-U.S. degree need to submit a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES Accredited Member that includes U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency information for their coursework.

International Applicants: This program is not currently available to international students seeking an F-1 student visa.

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact graduate admissions with questions about our graduate programs, to get answers to your graduate application questions, or to schedule a visit to NJCU.

Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Phone: 201-200-3409