New Pathways To Teaching in New Jersey – Alternate RouteNPTNJ is an intensive program that satisfies the 200 class hours required for Alternate Route Teachers. The program starts with Stage I at Middlesex County College Edison Campus. Classes are generally scheduled to start at 6:00PM. Stage II runs the entire school year, September-June, and meets once a week. Download a program OVERVIEW booklet and visit www.NPTNJ.org for additional information.
Middlesex County College, in partnership with New Jersey City University (NJCU) and the State’s Community Colleges, offers New Pathways to Teaching in NJ (NPTNJ). This alternate route to teacher certification program provides a process by which individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree can become licensed teachers without completing a traditional teacher training program.
Information SessionMiddlesex County College conducts Information Sessions on its Edison campus for those interested in learning about New Pathways in New Jersey (NPTNJ). During the Session an overview of NPTNJ and teacher certification is provided, application packets are distributed, and questions are answered. Applicants are required to attend an information Session in order to receive an application.
Next Information Session
Introduction to Teaching: 24-Hour Program
All alternate route teacher candidates must take a 24 hour pre-service course, Introduction to Teaching, in order to appy for a teaching certificate. Middlesex County College is an approved provider of this course and offers it on a rolling basis throughout the school year. Below are the dates of the upcoming classes and a downloadable registraion form
Next course dates: TBA
New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey FAQsFrequently Asked Questions
There is no admission to Stage II without completion of Stage I and without a job as a teacher in a public,charter, private, or parochial school in New Jersey. Enrollment in the NJ Deptment of Education's Provisional Teaching Program is also required.
All participating community colleges offer the same program for the same fee at approximately the same time. At the end of Stage I, students may transfer to another community college to complete Stage II of the program.
Choose from two options:
Students have the option of attending as a non-matriculated master’s degree candidate. Upon completion of the 2-stage program, the student will receive 15 credits through New Jersey City University. The student may also register as a non-credit candidate, receiving identical course training. Both options result in an NPTNJ completion report issued by the Community College.
Graduate credit option offers 15 graduate credits through New Jersey City University (NJCU).
Prices are for the 2014-2015 academic year
Stage I: $3,227Stage II: $6,406
The noncredit option offers a certificate only.
Stage I: $1,300Stage II: $2,500
The course requirements and workload are identical for both options. Both equally fulfill the DOE requirements for the alternate route certification. Only the fees differ.
Stage I - 12 class sessions and 15 hours of classroom observation totaling 60 hours. Classes usually meet from 6:00pm to 9:20pm, and New Jersey City University offers 4 graduate credits for Stage I.
Stage II - 10 month program totaling 140 hours from September to June. Classes meet one night a week from 6:00-9:20pm. To progress to Stage II you must have acquired employment as a teacher of record and have obtained a grade of "B" or better in Stage I. NJCU offers 11 graduate credits for Stage II.
Schedule for 2014-2015 Academic Year
STAGE I -Spring 2014 (Tuesdays 6:00-9:20pm)April 3 to June 19
Stage I -Summer 2014 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6:00-9:20pm)June 24 to July 30,2014
Stage 2 September 2014- June 2015 (Tuesdays 6:00 pm to 9:20 pm)
140 hours that take place concurrently with the novice teacher's provisional year.
OVERALL PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY REGUIREMENTS
*Certificate of Eligibility (CE)
*Bachelor degree or higher with 2.75 minimum GPA in an undergraduate or graduate degree.
HOW TO APPLY to the Middlesex NPTNJ Program
Application is not complete until all items are received. Submission of application does not automatically result in admission to the program. Items should be submitted as they become available.
1. Attend an Information Session.
2. Submit the following information to Middlesex after attending an Information Session:
A.) Fully completed Middlesex County College NPTNJ Application.
B.) A copy of Certificate of Eligibility (CE).
C.) A copy of Praxis II scores
D.) Three official transcripts from all colleges attended.
Mail All Application Items To:
Middlesex County College
Office of School Relations
2600 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison NJ 08818
Applicants with Degrees from Foreign Institutions
Applicants with academic credentials from foreign institutions must provide a copy of a transcript evaluated by a third party organization course-by-course evaluation, to include an overall GPA, indicating that the applicant's education is equivalent to a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution, with a GPA of at least 2.75.Go to http://www.naces.org for a current list of accredited agencies.
Teaching candidates who plan to teach using the alternate route must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the NJ Department of Education. Certification requirements for all instructional certificates are available on the NJ Department of Education's web site- www.nj.gov/education .To review requirements for individual certificates go to www.nj.gov/education/educators/license . Click on "What Are The Requirements For Certification" and then select "Certificate Subject Area/Grade Level And Codes, then click on "CE for the certificate.
CE Credit Requirements
To qualify for a CE in Elementary Education: 60 credits in liberal arts and sciences are required.
To qualify for a Middle School CE: 15 credits in subject area are required, as well as an Elementary CE. The Middle School CE is called an Elementary with Specialization CE in one of the following areas: math, science, social studies, english/language arts, or a world language (Spanish, French, etc.).There is a middle school Praxis II exam for all middle school specialization areas but world language. For any of the world languages you must take the subject area Praxis II test and follow the additional world language regulations.
To qualify for a K-12 Subject Area CE: 30 credits, with minimum of 12 at the advanced level, are required. Courses must be in a coherent sequence.
ETS automatically forwards your Praxis II exam results to the DOE, however NPTNJ requires a copy for your file. With the CE you are now eligible to apply for a teaching job in the NJ public school system. A Certificate of Eligibility is required for admittance into Stage I of the NPTNJ alternate route program.
MCC Office of School Relations is not qualified to review your transcript or advise as to what you are qualified to teach, or what credits might be missing. The DOE Office of Licensing and Academic Credentials is the only department that can do this.
**Note: You will receive your CE from the Department of Education (DOE). Please understand that MCC and the NPTNJ Program do not issue the CE and have no control over that process.
DOE: New Jersey Department of Education
Certificate of Eligibility (CE): Qualifies the holder to seek employment as a teacher. This is NOT a NJ Standard License.
Provisional License: One-year license that allows first year teachers to begin working in the classroom and legalizes employment. Upon employment, the school enrolls you in the provisional program.
Provisional Teacher Program (PTP): The combination of training, support and evaluation required by the state of New Jersey for first year teachers.
Standard License: The permanent credential that allows the holder to serve without condition in all New Jersey schools