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

Provisional Teacher Process (PTP) | CE Educator Prep Route

Provisional Teacher Process

In order to obtain a standard certificate all novice teachers must complete the Provisional Teacher Process (PTP) in which they 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 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 Process Completers: Please note that TCIS will state your application is "incomplete" until all paperwork has been submitted by the school district and reviewed by the PTP Office. At that point the PTP office will contact the district if something is missing. Once the standard certificate is issued, the status on TCIS will change from "incomplete" status to "issued" status.

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

  • CEAS Educator Preparation Program
  • CE Educator Preparation Program.

Provisional Teacher Process for CE Holders

The  Provisional Teacher Process for CE Holders 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 Provisional Teacher Process through a CE Educator Preparation 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 Certification and Induction Office (OCI).

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 OCI 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.

  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.

  1. Accept employment and begin the Provisional Teacher Process (PTP).

Once you have secured employment, it is the responsibility of the hiring school district to enroll you in the Provisional Teacher Process. 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 initial years 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 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 DOE approved college-based CE Educator Preparation Programs as well as 45 hours of study in teaching language arts/literacy and 45 hours of study in teaching mathematics. A list of providers of the classes is available at http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/advisories/applicant.htm

Middle School Specialization CE: In addition to completing requirements for their initial certificate, middle school specialization candidates must complete a course in adolescent psychology.

  1. DOE Approved College-based CE Educator Preparation Programs.

Subject Area CE: A minimum of 200 hours of formal instruction at a state approved regional training center or NJ college or university CE Educator Preparation Program. A list of regional training centers is available at http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/advisories/applicant.htm 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

DOE approved college-based CE Educator Preparation 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
  • Seton Hall University CE - Educator Preparation 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/continuinged/careerdevelopment/cte/altroute/arprogram/   Note that business certificates of eligibility fall into this category.

Preschool through Grade 3 CE: An approved New Jersey college-university P-3 Specialized 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
  • 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 formal instruction for the candidate's subject area or grade level certificate).
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
  • Ramapo College
  • 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 formal instruction for the candidate's subject area or grade level certificate).
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 Process and receive a Standard teaching certificate.

Once the PTP has been successfully completed, a standard teaching certificate can be issued by the OCI. The standard certificate is a permanent certificate issued to candidates who have met all requirements for State certification. You must apply on line for your standard certification and submit transcripts if required and the Oath of Allegiance form found here.

If you have any questions about the Provisional Teacher Process for CE Holders please Email altroute@doe.state.nj.us or call 609—984-6377