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Alternate Routes to Teacher Certification

The "Alternate Route" refers to 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. To learn more, please visit the Alternate Route to Certification page.

CE Flow CHart

Obtain CE

  • Certficate of Eligibilty.

Obtain Employment

  • When a candidate is hired, the district/school must register candidate into the Provisional Teacher Program and a provisional license is issued.

Mentoring and Formal Instruction

  • Mentoring: 34 weeks of support by a school-based experienced teacher, including four weeks of intensive mentoring at the beginning of the program. Formal Instruction: at least 200 hours of instruction aligned with the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers concurrent with employment.

Provisional Teacher Program Training Costs

  • -$450 is paid to the mentor (s) who supports the provisional teacher for the initial mentoring.

    -$550 is paid to the teacher(s) who services as the experienced mentor over the 30 week duration of program.

Provisonal Teacher Program Training Costs

  • -$1,450 fee for 200 hours of formal instruction at regional training centers. The 200 hrs of formal instruction are offered in three phases.
    -$325 regional training center fee for 45 hrs of study in the teaching of mathematics at the K5 level for K5 certificat.e
    -$325 regional training center fee for 45 hrs of study in the teaching of language arts at the K5 level for K5 certificte.
    -Tuition varies at college-based programs.

Supervision and Evaluation

  • Three evaluations by school based administrators, including final summative evaluation recommending the novice teacher for standard certificate.

Standard License

  • Applicant will apply online for standard license and pay $100 administrative fee.