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Alternate Route Teacher Training Program

Alternate Route to Teaching

What is Alternate Route to Teaching in New Jersey?
Make a Difference & Change Your Life! Become a Teacher!

Ocean County College offers an alternate route teacher preparation program starting with the 50-hour Pre-Service to Teaching Course that is mandatory to getting hired with a Certificate of Eligibility CE in the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Education offers an Alternative Route to Teaching pathway for career changers, recent college graduates and substitute teachers who wish to pursue a career in education. Through this process, a candidate can work toward their standard teaching degree.

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Certification 101

For updates to the requirements, please visit www.nj.gov/education

Steps to Obtaining Certification as an Alternate Route Teacher

Step 1

Establishing Eligibility

Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA minimum (GPA/Praxis Test Scores Flexibility Rules)
  • Pass the CORE basic skills assessment (offered by ETS)
  • Mandated hygiene test (offered at NJDOE County Education Office)
  • Passing score on the Praxis II exam for the license you seek
  • Completion of 50-hour pre-service teaching course (may be completed before or after receiving CE)

The Certifications and Endorsements webpage outlines the requirements for certificates.

*Ocean County College offers the 50-hour pre-service course online and in person. Visit go.ocean.edu/AlternateRoute for additional details

Step 2

Obtain Your Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

Step 3

  • Apply to the Ocean County College Alternate Route Educator Preparation Program (OCC-AR-EPP).
  • Complete a 50-hour pre-service course (must be completed before teaching).
  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (CE) enables you to begin your job search. Securing a full-time position as the teacher of record or a full-time permanent substitute position is required.
  • Enroll in the 350 hours of formal instruction (only applicable once hired)

Step 4

Start Teaching

Step 5

Take Phases I-IV over two years

Complete a minimum of one year of mentored teaching

Receive at least two years of effective ratings over three years, based on Achieve NJ evaluations

Pass the 350 hours of formal instruction (Phases I, II, III, and IV). Teacher candidates must be enrolled as a teacher of record to enroll in the programs.

*Once your district/charter school registers you with the NJDOE provisional teacher system, you MUST ENROLL in alternate route teacher training courses with your provisional license. You will also be assigned a mentor teacher!

Step 6

Complete All NJDOE Requirements for Alternate Route

Step 7

Apply for Your Standard Teaching Certificate!

Note: A candidate cannot apply for the standard teaching certificate; this certificate is requested by a school district.

Course Dates

Online

This flexible 50-hour online course runs regularly from the first Thursday to the last day of the month with weekly online assignments. The only mandatory live sessions are the two (2) virtual instructor-led sessions.

Month Course Dates Virtual Instructor-Led Sessions
August 08/01/2024 – 8/29/2024 08/01 and 8/22 at 5:00 PM
October 10/03/2024 -10/31/2024 10/03 and 10/24 at 5:00 PM
December 12/05/2024 – 12/31/2024 12/05 and 12/19 at 5:00 PM
February 02/06/2025 – 02/28/2025 02/06 and 02/20 at 5:00 PM
April 04/03/2025 – 04/30/2025 04/03 and 04/17 at 5:00 PM
May 05/01/2025 – 05/30/2025 05/01 and 05/15 at 5:00 PM
July 07/10/2025 – 07/31/2025 07/10 and 07/24 at 5:00 PM

In-Person

October The in-person course runs 10/08/2024 through 10/24/2024 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-10:00PM.
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50-Hour Pre-Service to Teaching Course

Course Description

This course provides a foundational pathway for degree-holders aspiring to become teachers in New Jersey. Graduates obtain their Verification of Program Completion Form (VOPC), enabling them to pursue teaching positions in the state. This course is offered in both in-person and online modalities.

IN-PERSON

 Required by the NJDOE, the primary goal of this course is to provide the prospective teacher with an overview of the teaching profession. Minimum CGPA: 3.0. Please note that this non-credit course requires 30 hours of class work, and 20 hours of clinical fieldwork, including at least 10 hours of planning and delivering instruction via individual or co-teaching model in a public or private school. Upon successful completion of this course, candidates receive a Verification of Program Completion form that is used by a school district to apply for a candidate’s Provisional License.

Schedule: Fridays 5-10 pm, Sat./Sun. 10 am-2 pm.
Modality: In-Person
Clock Hours: 50
CEUs: 5.0
Instructor: Carol D’Zio

ONLINE SECTION 

This course is offered asynchronous and includes one synchronous course meeting that occurs on the first day of class at 4:00 PM EST. Required by the NJDOE, the primary goal of this course is to provide the prospective teacher with an overview of the teaching profession. Minimum CGPA: 3.0. This non-credit course requires 30 hours of class work, and 20 hours of clinical fieldwork, including at least 10 hours of planning and delivering instruction via individual or co-teaching model in a public or private school. Upon successful completion, candidates receive a Verification of Program Completion form that is used by a school district to apply for a candidate’s Provisional License.

Featuring weekly online assignments with two mandatory live WebEx sessions on Thursday 08/01/24  and 08/22/24 at 5:00PM. 

Modality: Online
Clock Hours: 50
CEUs: 5.0
Instructor: Meredith Riddle

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the Alternate Route to Teaching program, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution and meet the following GPA requirements:

  • Applicants who graduated before September 1, 2016, must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Applicants who graduated after September 1, 2016, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Cost

Invest in your future with a nominal program fee of $350.00, which covers all course materials and resources.

Join Us Today!

Take the first step towards realizing your dream of becoming a certified teacher in New Jersey. Enroll in Ocean County College’s Alternate Route to Teaching program and embark on a fulfilling career dedicated to shaping the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

GPA Requirement:

  • Applicants who graduated prior to September 1, 2016: 2.75 or higher
  • Applicants who graduated after September 1, 2016: 3.0 or higher

Outcome: VOPC FORM

Upon successful completion, candidates receive a Verification of Program Completion form, which is used by a school district to apply for a candidate’s Provisional License.
Call  732.255.0415 or email alternateroute@ocean.edu for more information.

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