If you’re looking to become a teacher in New Jersey but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state that will allow you to become a certified teacher in a short period of time. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.
The Alternate Route program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program where prospective teachers must complete a minimum of 200 hours of formal instruction through an approved institution. In order to participate in this program, prospective teachers must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials. Once program participants obtain the Certificate of Eligibility, candidates are issued a provisional license to teach in the classroom while completing program requirements to obtain a standard teaching license.
For those who graduated before September 2004, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater is required. Applicants must take a 24-hour pre-service teaching program and/or submit a Certificate of Completion.
Pass the New Jersey state test for the subject matter they wish to teach.
Pass an exam regarding physiology, hygiene and substance abuse issues or show proof of similar training in the military or at the collegiate level.
Submit the following documentation: Oath of Allegiance, sealed transcripts and a copy of test scores.
Accept employment with a school district. The school district will apply to the Provisional Teacher Program for candidates.
Meet the mentoring and formal instruction requirements based on the age group and desired subject area.
Program participants are responsible for paying $190 in fees for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility and Standard teaching certificate as well as a $100 administrative fee. Additionally, prospective teachers must pay for Praxis II subject-matter testing fees, which range from $50 to $150 depending on the test.
New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) is a statewide alternative route to teacher certification. Required coursework is taught at a number of New Jersey community colleges. Candidates must complete a total of 15 credits of graduate coursework to complete this program.