Teacher Education Programs

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey

County College of Morris, New Jersey City University and participating NJ Community Colleges are offering an alternate route to teacher certification, which is an approved program of the New Jersey Department of Education.  The Programs offered at CCM are specifically for candidates interested in K-12 general and subject matter teaching certificates.  It does not include PreK – 3 nor Certificate of Technical Education certifications.  For these programs, please contact NJCU for more details. 

As of September 1, 2017, the NJ DOE changed the program.  Under these new requirements, candidates will be required to complete 400 hours of training over the course of 2 years.  The NPTNJ program has 6 components:

  • A 50 hour Pre-service Course,
  • 4 semesters of training.
  • Completion of an EdTPA prtofolio

Candidates may choose to complete the training for 15 credits towards a Master’s Degree from NJCU or as a non-credit student. 

To enter the program a candidate must possess a Certificate of Eligibility from the NJ DOE.  Candidates will be required to have a position as Teacher or Co-Teacher of Record to enter the 4 semesters of training; however a teaching position is not required nor expected to complete the 50 hour Preservice Course.

For complete and current information on certificate of eligibility requirements, please visit the NJ DOE website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/alternate.htm.

This program is for candidates who possess:

Before contacting CCM, please be sure you have thoroughly reviewed the NJ DOE website for the requirements needed for the specific teaching certification you desire.

Information Sessions: Careers in Teaching - The Alternate Route Program

Where to find employers, salaries, training that is needed, how to get started.  The new changes that are being implemented on September 1, 2017 as part of the New CE requirements, as well as Standard and Provisional Certificates.  Sessions are held in September and January of each year.  Please see our continuing education schedule at www.ccm.edu/BusinessCommunity for details.  

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) - the Alternate Route to Teaching

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
ALT-113NPTNJ Introduction to Teaching - 50 Hour Preservice Component3
Check our website at www.ccm.edu/businesscommunity for updates on additional courses.

.To register, go to https://webadvisor.ccm.edu/ and click on "Continuing Education (Non-Credit)." Have your credit card, social security number, and 5 digit Course Code number ready.

Course usage information

NPTNJ Introduction to Teaching - 50 Hour Preservice Component

This 50-hour course replaces the "Introduction to Teaching Course - 24-hour Component". It includes 30 hours of classroom training, 8 hours of observing other certified teachers, and 12 hours of direct student contact as a substitute, tutor or afterschool program teacher. ALT-113.