New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) - Elementary Education

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Get started on your New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) - Elementary Education application here:

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*the application completion deadline for Spring 2023 is CLOSED. The next term accepting applications for NPTNJ is Fall 2023. 

Admissions Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application form, including a $55 non-refundable application fee
  2. A 250-500 word essay discussing why you want to be a teacher, why you choose education as your profession, and why you for pursuing admission to the program to which you are applying
  3. Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher from a bachelor's or master's degree program. 
  4. Two professional letters of recommendation
  5. A copy of a regular New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (temporary/limited CE not acceptable) (a list of your certifications can be downloaded on NJDOE website)*
  6. Official documentation of English Language Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) if applicable
  7. Passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or waiver if applicable. If you believe you are exempt from taking any section of the Praxis Core because of qualifying SAT, ACT, or GRE scores, you will need to provide a score report.
  8. Passing scores on Praxis II Content Knowledge.
  9. Minimum GPA of a 3.0 or higher (even if you already hold a state issued CE)
  10. Employment verification letter from the hiring manager or administrator on letterhead from your school or school district. Employment as a full time teacher in a New Jersey school is required for admission in the program.
  11. A letter from the hiring manager or administrator on letterhead from your school or school district indicating that the school or school district will enroll you in the provisional teacher program with the State of New Jersey. This is to be sent directly from the school/school district to NJCU.
  12. 50 hour Introduction to Teaching course verification form. NJCU offers this course through the the Office of Professional and Lifelong Learning (PELL) department. You can REGISTER HERE for the course through NJCU. 

Please find helpful New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey links below:

Contact the NPTNJ department directly:

Chrystal Mateo
Academic Director
Email: cmateo1@njcu.edu
Alternate email: newpathways@njcu.edu
Tel: 201-200-2018


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. Requirements listed above are subject to change at any time based on NJ Dept of Education updates

Application Deadlines*:

Domestic Applicants:
Term Deadline
Spring November 15th
Fall  July 15th

*Deadlines are subject to change.

*Requirements listed above are subject to change at any time based on NJDOE updates. 

International Applicants:

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

Contact Graduate Admissions

We encourage you to contact graduate admissions with questions about your application status. Please contact us below: 

Hepburn Hall, Room 206
Phone: 201-200-3409
Fax: 201-200-2044
Email: gradadmissions@njcu.edu

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