As you embark on a new career in teaching, please refer to the information below that is designed to support you and your district in ensuring that all your teaching requirements are met.
There are two pathways to becoming a teacher in New Jersey:
- The traditional route program is designed for those who have completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, and wish to become a New Jersey certified teacher. Traditional route teachers earn a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).
- The alternate route program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those 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 New Jersey certified teacher. Alternate route teachers earn a Certificate of Eligibility (CE).
Both pathways include preparation or coursework, certification, mentoring and evaluation as you progress toward earning your permanent or standard license. Detailed instructions are included in the information below.