Educator Recruitment, Preparation, and Recognition
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.
On February 4, 2015, the Department proposed updates to teacher preparation regulations as part of a comprehensive initiative to support teachers entering the profession. We are currently working with stakeholders to hear feedback and consider potential updates to the proposal and will share more details when they become available
Information Provided with the Initial Proposal (note: these documents do not reflect potential changes resulting from stakeholder feedback)
- Proposed Changes to Alternate Route Preparation
- Proposed Changes to Traditional Route Preparation
- Proposed Changes to Certification Requirements
- Presentation on All Initially Proposed Changes to the State Board of Education (2/4/15)
- Certficate of Eligibilty.
- 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.
- Applicant will apply online for standard license and pay $100 administrative fee.