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 will split this training into 6 pieces:

  • 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.  Registration is required for this session.

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
ALT-107Alternate Route Information Session0

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.

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

Course CodeCourse TitleCEUs
ALT-113NPTNJ Preservice Component
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

Alternate Route Information Session

* * IMPORTANT NEWS! * * NJ DOE ANNOUNCES BIG CHANGES TO PROCESS Effective Sept 1, 2017 the Alternate Route to Teaching process will be dramatically changing. Among other changes, the program will increase from 224 hours in 12-18 months to 400 hours over 2 years. This year is your last chance to get into the program under current rules. Please plan to attend this information session if you are interested in becoming a NJ Certified K-12 teacher through the alternate route program. While many questions remain to be answered, CCM and our lead partner, NJCU, will have some important details on the transition to the new rules. Additionally, we will have an expert from the NJ DOE Morris County Executive Superintendent's Office available to provide information on the certification process and documentation. ALT-107.


Course usage information

NPTNJ Preservice Component

Do you want to get a head start on the new requirements, but have not started the Alternate Route yet? Are you interested in becoming a teacher, but don't know where to start? This 50 hour course will replace the "Introduction to Teaching Course. 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.