New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey at RCBC

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General Program Information

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) provides an opportunity for people to become teachers who have a BS, BA, or higher degree and who did not complete a traditional teacher preparation program. The program is a collaborative effort between participating New Jersey Community Colleges and New Jersey City University (NJCU). This unique partnership provides students the opportunity to earn graduate credits toward numerous NJCU graduate degrees in education as well as transfer those credits to other colleges and universities.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelors or higher degree.
  • 3.0 minimum GPA in Bachelors or highest degree (Those individuals graduating prior to September 1, 2016 with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, please call the coordinator for additional information).
  • This program is not appropriate for individuals seeking the Pre K-3, Career and Technical CEs (with the exception of Teacher of Technology), Business CE, or Family and Consumer Science CE. Please call the coordinator for additional information about the CE that you are planning to pursue.

Please contact the NPTNJ Office at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1468 for the schedule for the New Pathways to Teaching in NJ Introduction to Teaching 50-hour Pre-service course which will be offered in October of 2018, February of 2018, and May of 2018.

NPTNJ Offered In Four Semesters

Semester 1 offers two graduate level courses introducing the participant to the world of teaching in the K-12 classroom.  A teaching job is not required for Semester 1 enrollment in the credit section of the course, and students may continue current employment in other fields. A Certificate of Eligibility in hand rather than in process is required to enter Semester 1.

New Jersey City University offers Semesters One, Two, Three, and Four each semester in the new, totally on-line program.

 A teaching job in a private, charter or public school in New Jersey in the area of your CE for at least 15 hours per week is required to enroll in semester 1 on a non-credit basis.  If you would like to begin your Masters Degree at NJCU, a teaching position is not required. You must be enrolled as a credit student. Long term substitute positions are acceptable if the school or school district is willing to enroll you in the Provisional Teacher program.

Completion Time Sequence

Students may complete Semesters 1 and 2 in one year and 3 and 4 in the following year.   At the present time, there is no time limit between completing Semester 1 and continuing in Semester 2.  Please note that requirements for achieving standard certification may change in the interim.

Choose From Two Options

  • Graduate credit option: New Jersey City University (NJCU) offers graduate credits applicable toward numerous NJCU education masters degrees or master degrees at other local colleges and universities. Semesters 1, 2, and 3 and 4 offer up to 24 total graduate credits. Graduate credit enrollees will receive a packet of information from NJCU and other institutions regarding the continuation of graduate studies and the choice of majors.
  • Noncredit option: This option offers a certificate and is only available to individuals with teaching positions in the area of their CE for at least 15 hours per week.

The course requirements and workload are identical for both options. Both equally fulfill the Department of Education (DOE) requirements for certification. Most students feel that since both options require identical work it is advantageous to select the graduate credit option. Not only have you earned up to 24 credits toward a master’s degree, your school district may advance you on the pay scale and additional graduate credits may eventually increase pension income.

Changing Options

  • Registrants must stay with the Semester 1 option they have chosen through completion of Semester 1. They may, however, change options between Semesters.

Credit Conversion

  • Non-credit students have a five year window from entering the program to convert the non-credit coursework to NJCU graduate credits by paying the difference between the non-credit tuition paid and the current future tuition rate.