Certification & Induction

Applicant Advisories

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Alternate Route Regional Training Center Information 2014-2015

Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, the fee for alternate route formal instruction will be determned by provider. Candidates will need to research the offerings and let their district contact person know which site they want to attend.   A second and third choice should be selected in case their first choice is not available. Note that classes are dependent on sufficient enrollment.

Approved 200 Hour Regional Training Center Providers for Elementary K-5/6, Elementary N-8, N-12 Subject Area, ESL Alternate Route Teachers

Career and Technical Education - Candidates for CTE certification must attend the CTE program and will automatically be enrolled when registered in the PTP. Kelly Canonico, kcanonico@brookdalecc.edu, http://continuinged.brookdalecc.edu/careerdevelopment/teacher-education/alternateroute/cte/ 732-224-2319.

Approved 200 Hour Alternate Route Programs with Pre-Service Requirements for Elementary K-5/6, Elementary N-8, N-12 Subject Area, ESL Alternate Route Teachers
New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, Mercedes Vargas 201-200-2128, newpathways@njcu.edu, www.nptnj.org. $9806 for-credit/$3800 non-credit
Relay Graduate School of Education, Evan Hendon, Newark@relay.edu, 973-642-0101 ext. 1808, http://www.relay.edu
$17,450 for-credit


Requirements for K-5/6 Alternate Route Teachers

In addition to the 200 hours of formal instruction required of alternate route teachers, novice K-5/6 alternate route teachers hired as of October 31, 2009 must complete an additional 90 hours of instruction, for a total of 290 hours, in a department-approved program. Of these 90 hours, 45 are in the teaching of mathematics at the K-5/6 level and 45 are in the teaching of language arts literacy at the K-5/6 level.  This requirement may be fulfilled by previously completed coursework or through previous experience.  See details at N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.3(b)5.

Following is a list of agencies whose curricula have been approved to offer the 45 hour programs.  Information regarding available classes and registration processes may be obtained through the contact information below. The fee for this instruction at regional training centers is determined by the provider and fees are listed below. The for-credit programs charge tuition which will vary depending on the college/university offering the class.

Approved 45 Hour Programs for Holders of an Elementary K-5/6 CE – Regional Training Centers

Morris-Union Jointure Commission, Diane Viola-Henriksen, 908-464-7625 x1109,  dhenriksen@mujc.org, http://www.mujc.org/programs_artp.html $350

Rutgers University – Center for Effective School Practices, Mary Ellen Morris, rutgersmathliteracy45@gmail.com.

Saint Peter’s College, James Jacobson, Michelle Cassaro, 201-761-6190, JJacobson@saintpeters.edu ; MCassaro@saintpeters.edu $325

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Michael Hinman, altroute@stockton.edu, http://tinyurl.com/StocktonAltRte $450

Approved 45 Hour Programs for Holders of an Elementary K-5/6 CE – For-Credit Programs

Kean University, Melissa Tomich, tomichm@kean.edu

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, Mercedes Vargas 201-200-2128, newpathways@njcu.edu, www.nptnj.org.  (also available as a non-credit program)

Relay Graduate School of Education, Evan Hendon, Newark@relay.edu, 973-642-0101 ext. 1808, http://www.relay.edu (Open only to candidates enrolled in Relay's 200 hour program)

Below is a list of courses that, if previously completed, meet the requirement for the language arts/literacy or mathematics requirement, as applicable:

Centenary College:  EDU 3041 Foundations of Literacy in Elementary Education
      EDU 3052 Elementary Teaching Methodology (math)

College of Saint Elizabeth:
     Ed.357 Literacy in Early Childhood, Elementary Education
     Math 145: Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics (if taken as an education major)
     ED 605: Reading and Language Arts: Theory and Practice

Fairleigh Dickinson University:  EDUC6818 Language Development and Literacy I
      EDUC6820 Problem-solving Strategies for Elementary Mathematics

Kean University:  EMSE 5314 Intro to Language Arts & Reading
      EMSE 5323 Current Theory & Practice in Teaching Mathematics

Monmouth University:  EDL326 Literacy Instruction in K-5 Educational Settings I
      ED360 Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics

Montclair State University: Read 500 The Nature of Reading
      Math 577 Mathematics Education in the Elementary School

New Jersey City University: LTED 605 Literacy in the Elementary Curriculum
      LTED 608  Elementary and Middle School Language Arts/Literacy
      LTED 648  Solving Reading Problems at the Elementary Level
      MATH 604  Math in the Urban Schools
      MATH 608  Seminar in Modern Elementary School Mathematics

Rider University GLTP-502 Curriculum and Instruction in Reading/Language Arts: Early Literacy
      GLTP-510 Curriculum and Teaching in the Elementary School I: Mathematics

Rutgers University – Camden: 50:964:309 Developmental Literacy

Rutgers –GSE: 15:254:543- Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
     15:299:514- Literacy Development in the Early Years

Saint Peter’s College EE 204 Teaching Language Arts: Elem School and 206 and Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (must successfully complete both courses to meet the requirement)
     EE 204 Teaching Language Arts: Elem School and GE 570 Foundations of the Reading
     Curriculum (must successfully complete both courses to meet the requirement)
     EE 212 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

William Paterson University: CIEE 229 Literacy and Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
      CIEE 512 Reading, Language Arts and Literature in Inclusive Classrooms
      CIEE 329 Math Methods and Assessment for Teaching K-5
      CIEE 513 Math Methods and Assessment for Teaching K-5

Elementary K-5/6 novice teachers who have completed a course that appears to meet this requirement at a New Jersey college or university that is not listed above or at an out of state college or university may submit a Verification of Completion: 45 Hour K-5/6 Reading or Math Equivalent form with a transcript and course description for consideration.  The form is available on the Department website at http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/forms.htm

Requirement for Certificate of Eligibility

“An Introduction to the Teaching Profession: A 24 Hour Pre-service Program”

Candidates seeking Certificates of Eligibility (CE) must complete a minimum of 24 hours of formal instruction prior to issuance of the CE and as part of application requirements. This prescribed program of study, “An Introduction to the Teaching Profession: A 24 Hour Pre-service Program , ” is offered through  department-authorized providers throughout the state or through equivalent coursework documented on a transcript from a New Jersey regionally accredited four-year college or university. Coursework from out-of-state institutions does not fulfill this requirement.               

This requirement became effective on September 1, 2009, for candidates seeking a preschool through grade three (P-3) CE.  It became effective on October 31, 2009, for candidates seeking elementary, N-12 subject area, English as a Second Language, Students with Disabilities, Bilingual, and career and technical education CEs. 

Holders of Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing  or  provisional or standard certificates in another instructional area will not be required to complete this study.  Candidates whose completed applications were submitted to the Office of Certification and Induction as of October 30, 2009 (August 31, 2009 for P-3 applicants) will not be required to enroll in this 24 - hour program. A complete application consists of the application itself, the fee, an official transcript and the oath of allegiance/verification of accuracy.  If such applicants are denied a certificate for any reason, e.g., low GPA, did not have the requisite number of credits, etc., the person will have to take the 24 - hour course.

Following is a list of agencies that have been approved to offer the 24 - hour programs.  Information regarding available classes and registration processes may be obtained through the contact information below.

Approved 24 - Hour Programs for the P-3 CE

Kean University, Melissa Tomich, tomichm@kean.edu

Monmouth University, Dr. Jason Barr, jbarr@monmouth.edu, http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/education/provisionalprogram.asp

Montclair State University, Liz Kendall, Kendalle@mail.montclair.edu

New Jersey City University, Dr. Regina M. Adesanya, radesanya@njcu.edu,  201-200-3192

The College of New Jersey, Dr. Jody Eberly, jeberly@tcnj.edu

William Paterson University, Dr. Holly Seplocha, seplochah@wpunj.edu 

The following courses will be accepted to fulfill the P-3 requirement if they have been previously completed:

Kean University
Course title: Foundations of Early Childhood and Family Studies
Course prefix and number: EC 5000

William Paterson University
Course title: Teaching as a Profession
Course prefix and number: CIED 203

Approved 24 Hour Programs for Elementary K-5, N-12 Subject Area, ESL, and Career and Technical Education CE

Elizabeth Regional Training Center, Stephen J. Williams, 908-601-4025, ElizabethRegCent@aol.com www.Elizabeth.k12.nj.us

Kean University, Melissa Tomich, tomichm@kean.edu 

Monmouth County Vocational School District, Dana Schaed, dana_schaed@mcvsd.org, http://www.mcvsd.org/adult/Adult_Education/Welcome.html

Monmouth University,   Dr. Jason Barr, jbarr@monmouth.edu, http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/education/provisionalprogram.asp

Morris-Union Jointure Commission, Diane Viola-Henriksen, 908-464-7625 x1109,  dhenriksen@mujc.org, http://www.mujc.org/programs_artp.html

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey, (http://www.njcu.edu/Career_Development.aspx) www.nptnj.org and newpathways@njcu.edu

Relay GSE/North Star Academy, Evan Hendon,Newark@relay.edu, 973-642-0101 ext. 1808

Rowan University, Lynne Levy, levy@rowan.edu, users.rowan.edu/~levy

Rutgers University – Center for Effective School Practices, Mary Ellen Morris, rutgerspreservice@gmail.com

Saint Peter’s College, James Jacobson, Michelle Cassaro, 201-761-6190 jjacobson@spc.org ; MCassaro@spc.edu

Salem County Vocational Technical School, Jennifer Bates, jbates@scvts.org

Thomas Edison State College, Dr. Susan Davenport, heavin@tesc.edu

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Michael Hinman, altroute@stockton.edu, http://tinyurl.com/StocktonAltRte

William Paterson University, Nancy Norris Bauer norrisn@wpunj.edu at 973-720-3131

The following courses will be accepted to fulfill this requirement for elementary, N-12 subject area, ESL or CTE candidates if they have been previously completed:

Caldwell College  ED 206 Philosophical and Historical Foundations of American and School Curriculum

The College of Saint Elizabeth ED 603 Curriculum Theory and Practice

Monmouth University ED 510-50 Foundations of Education

Ramapo College of New Jersey  Educ 222 Teaching: Principles and Practices

Rowan University

EDUC 01104 Teaching: An Introduction to the Profession
EDUC 01270 Teaching in Learning Communities I
EDUC 01272 Teaching in Learning Communities II

Rutgers University – Camden 50:964:101 Fundamentals of the Teaching Profession

William Paterson University CIED 203 Teaching as a Profession

Kean University EMSE 2800, 2801, 2802 Sophomore Field Experience 2
EC 2900 Field Experiences in Multicultural Early Childhood Settings
FA 2900 Sophomore Field for Art Ed.
MUS 2900 Sophomore Field for Music
EC 3300 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education
EC 3400 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
EMSE 3800, 3801, 3802  Preprofessional Field Experience
PED 2800 Sophomore Field Experience Physical Education/Health

EMSE 5560 Introduction to Education

****Attention alternate route provisional teachers hired January 8, 2008 and after

A new $100 administrative fee for processing of the initial standard certificate for alternate route candidates went into effect on January 8, 2008.   Candidates must now pay this fee online when applying for their standard certificate. A copy of the confirmation page should be given to their district contact person for submission with the final, summative evaluation upon completion of the Provisional Teacher Program.


It is strongly advised that all applicants become thoroughly familiar with the information provided in the New Jersey Licensing Code, which outlines the specific requirements for each certification and endorsement.

ATTENTION APPLICANTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CERTIFICATION (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH SUBJECT MATTER SPECIALIZATION): Applicants for the Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization endorsements must first apply and be eligible for at least a CE in K-6 Elementary or P-12 subject-matter endorsement. Applicants may apply simultaneously for both the K-6 CE or P-12 subject-matter endorsement and the Elementary School with Subject Matter Specialization CE. In addition, candidates for the Elementary school with subject matter specialization endorsements must complete study in adolescent development in order to obtain the standard certificate. Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, alternate route candidates who have completed regional training will have met the adolescent study requirement.

ATTENTION APPLICANTS FOR TEACHER OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Applicants must first hold a CE, CEAS or Standard instructional certificate (Elementary K-5, K-12 English, K-12 Math, etc.), or must apply and be eligible for an instructional certificate (Elementary K-5, K-12 English, K-12 Math, etc.) in order to be eligible for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities certificate.  Click here for further details.

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME: It takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks from the time the Office of Certification and Induction receives all of your documentation to process your application.  Please keep these time frames in mind when making inquiries about your application status.