Licensure & Credentials

What is the Process for Newly Hired, First-Time Teachers?

Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) | Alternate Route

Provisional Teacher Program

The Provisional Teacher Program is a program in which all novice teachers, both alternate and traditional route, are supported and supervised by experienced professionals in their schools while working under provisional certificates. After completion of the PTP, a teacher may be recommended for a standard certificate.

In order to begin participation in the PTP a candidate must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) or Certificate of Eligibility (CE). See http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/overview/ for eligibility requirements. These certificates allow the candidate to seek and accept offers of employment as teachers in public schools. When a candidate is hired, the district/school must register the candidate into the PTP and a provisional certificate is issued.

Attention Provisional Teacher Program Completers: Please note that TCIS will state your application is "incomplete" until all paperwork has been submitted by the school district, reviewed by the PTP Office, and transmitted to the Office of Licensure and Credentials (OLC).  At that point OLC will contact you if something is missing.  Once the OLC issues your certificate the status on TCIS will change from "incomplete" status to "issued" status.

If you have any questions about the Provisional Teacher Program please  Email ptp@doe.state.nj.us  or call 609-984-6377.

Alternate Route

The Alternate Route program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who HAVE NOT completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, but wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher.

Completing the Alternate Route program requires that the following series of steps be taken by a prospective applicant in the order listed:

  1. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials (OLC).

All Instructional Certificates available for which a CE may be issued are listed at this link: http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/certandend.htm

Remember, it is your responsibility to make sure all necessary documents are received by the OLC so that your file can be reviewed by an examiner. The waiting time for your application review does not begin until all documentation is received. You must submit a completed and notarized Oath of Allegiance (Non-citizen Oath and Non-citizen Affidavit if you are not a US citizen) and the proper fee. Only official transcripts and official copies of test scores, where applicable, are acceptable. You will find all necessary Forms & Documents on our website as well as a current Fee Schedule. Applicants must Apply Online. You may also find it helpful to review Frequently Asked Questions.

The link below will lead you to a webinar on the licensing process for alternate route teachers.

http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/webinar/

  1. Obtain a Certificate of Eligibility.

A Certificate of Eligibility is issued once a candidate meets all the requirements for the particular title. The Certificate of Eligibility authorizes an individual to seek and accept employment in a New Jersey public school requiring certification. Once all requirements for a certificate have been met, it will be issued by the OLC and mailed to your home address.

  1. Accept employment and enter the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP).

Once you have secured employment, it is the responsibility of the hiring school district to enroll you in the Provisional Teacher Program. A provisional certificate is then issued which is valid for a period of two years. The PTP is a school-based training and evaluation program provided during the first year of teaching in New Jersey. (See above for details of PTP participation.)  Make sure your school district completes this step in the process.

  1. Meet mentoring and evaluation requirements.

While working as a provisional alternate route teacher you must be mentored by a colleague in the district and be supervised and evaluated by district personnel.

  1. Meet formal instruction requirements.

Concurrent with employment, you must attend formal instruction that is required for the certificate you are seeking.  The formal instruction requirements are:

Elementary CE: A minimum of 200 hours of formal instruction at a state approved regional training center or alternate route Master of Arts in Teaching Program as well as 45 hours of study in teaching language arts/literacy and 45 hours of study in teaching mathematics.   A list of 45 hour class providers is available at http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/advisories/applicant.htm

Elementary School with Middle School Specialization CE: In addition to completing requirements for the K-5 standard certificate, middle school specialization candidates must complete a course in adolescent psychology.

  1. College-Based Approved Programs.

Subject Area CE: A minimum of 200 hours of formal instruction at a state approved regional training center or NJ college or university alternate route Master of Arts in Teaching Program. For World Language candidates, a course in methodology must also be completed. A list of approved courses is available at  http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/wl/courses.htm

Information about regional training center locations will be made available by the hiring school district.

DOE approved college-based alternate route programs:

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Alternate Route MAT
  • Kean University Alternate Route Program
  • New Jersey City University New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey
  • New Jersey City University World Languages Alternate Route - Spanish
  • William Paterson University/Kean University New Vistas Program

Career and Technical Education CE: 200 hours of formal instruction targeted to CTE candidates. A pilot program is currently operated by Brookdale Community College. See CTE Alternate Route Teacher Preparation Program Link: http://www.brookdalecc.edu/pages/4239.asp. Note that business certificates of eligibility fall into this category.

Preschool through Grade 3 CE: An approved New Jersey college-university P-3 alternate route program of 13-17 credits.

P-3 Alternate Route Approved Programs

  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell College
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rutgers - Camden
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University

Teacher of Students with Disabilities CE: An approved New Jersey college/university TOSD program of 21-27 credits (and the requirements for the candidate's subject area or grade level certificate in addition to 200 hours of formal instruction).

Students with Disabilities Approved Programs

  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell College
  • Centenary College
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Felician College - Rutherford Campus
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University – Graduate School of Education
  • Saint Peter's College
  • Seton Hall University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University

Bilingual/bicultural CE: An approved New Jersey college/university bilingual program of 12 credits (and the requirements for the candidate's subject area or grade level certificate in addition to 200 hours of formal instruction).

Bilingual/Bicultural Approved Programs

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers - New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University
  • William Paterson University

ESL CE: 200 hours of formal instruction at a NJ approved regional training center and a college/university ESL program of 15-21 credits.

ESL Approved Programs

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • Montclair State University
  • NJCU
  • Richard Stockton College
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University - Camden
  • Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  • Seton Hall University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University
  1. Successfully complete the Provisional Teacher Program and receive a Standard teaching certificate.

Once the PTP has been successfully completed, a Standard teaching certificate can be issued by the OLC. The standard certificate is a permanent certificate issued to candidates who have met all requirements for State certification.

If you have any questions about the Alternate Route Program please  Email altroute@doe.state.nj.us or call 609—984-6377