New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey at RCBC

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Getting Started

There are numerous steps to qualify to become a teacher candidate through the alternate route and to complete the requirements for standard certification. Alternate route candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and careers. If you like working with young children or teens and decide to pursue this challenging career change, you will enjoy the camaraderie and support of an interesting group of colleagues as you go through the program.

*Note Steps 1, 2, and 3 may be done in any order.

1. Take the Introduction to Teaching 50-hour Pre-service Course approved by the DOE.

Students who have completed the 24-hour course in the past three years can take the 26-hour companion course.

The 50 hour introduction to teaching component is an essential step to enter the NPTNJ Program.

2. Pass the Praxis Exam in Your Subject Area.

A passing grade on the Praxis Subject Assessment test in the subject area/s you plan to teach is required to show subject matter competency. Some subject areas require more than one test; a few subjects require no Praxis Subject Assessment test.

The tests are given throughout the year at various locations throughout the state. Praxis tests are given by appointment at local testing centers including the Pemberton or Mount Laurel Campuses of Rowan College at Burlington County. Go to the ETS website, or call 609-771-7395 for testing and registration information.

After taking the test, ETS will forward your Praxis score to you and to the DOE. Be sure to use the code for the DOE Office of Certification and Induction, code R7666, on the Praxis registration. You must include your Social Security number on the application. This is the only way to insure your Praxis II score goes directly to your file at the DOE.  

Passing the Praxis Subject Assessment is required to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE). A Praxis score does not expire but ETS does not keep records for more than five years. Print out sufficient copies of your Praxis II scores when they become available.

3. Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skill Testing or Submit the Results of the SAT, ACT, or GRE

Effective September 1, 2015, the DOE require passing the 3 Praxis Core Academic Skill exams—reading, writing and mathematics or submitting score results from the SAT, ACT, or GRE taken previously. Click here for more details

4. Request Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts from each college you have attended and deliver or have the transcripts mailed to the NPTNJ office at the address.  NPTNJ does not accept electronic transcripts. Copies are not acceptable.

You will need a total of four (4) official transcripts from each college attended during the total application process (three if you have a CE). All transcripts must be sealed in separate envelopes. Three official transcripts from each college attended are required for the NPTNJ application process and one official transcript from each college attended is required for the CE application. If you receive the transcripts, do not open. Mail or deliver to the NPTNJ office. A transcript is not official if it has been opened. All transcripts will be held in your file until needed.

5. Apply for the CE

You must apply and pay for your CE online and obtain your personal tracking number by clicking here.  

Submit the complete packet directly to the DOE and allow six to eight weeks for review. It is recommended that you have the NPTNJ Coordinator review your packet prior to sending the information in on your own. Make a copy of all documents for your personal record. The following documents must be assembled:

  • Copy of Praxis Subject Assessment score from ETS 
  • Copy of  Core Academic Skills Testing/SAT/ACT/GRE data 
  • Official transcripts (see #4 above)
  • Notarized Oath of Allegiance (available for completion on the DOE website)
  • Completion of Physiology and Hygiene requirement (military service, course or exam)  
  • Completed NPTNJ checklist (available from Rowan College at Burlington County’s NPTNJ office)
  • Copy of your social security card 

NOTE: It is important to fulfill the above requirements and apply for your CE as soon as possible. You must have your CE “in hand” rather than “in process” to enroll in Semester 1 of the NPTNJ Program.

6. Take Physiology and Hygiene Test

If you have not served in the military, or if your transcript does not indicate study in any of the following areas you must take the Physiology and Hygiene Test.

The areas of college study that exempt you are: human biology, personal health problems, community health, school health, family health, health counseling, nutrition, or health administration. If you are not certain you have fulfilled this requirement in your college studies, we suggest you take the test by making an appointment at the NPTNJ Office at Rowan College at Burlington County as soon as you meet all other requirements. A tracking number from the DOE is required to take the Physiology and Hygiene Test.

7. Apply to the Rowan College at Burlington County NPTNJ Program. Applications are available beginning in July of 2017 for the 2017-2019 program.

Your NPTNJ Application Packet is complete when the community college has on file:

  • Copy of CE or screen shot of your DOE Certification View Page
  • Three official transcripts from each college attended (see #4 above) sealed separately
  • Completed, original, NPTNJ Application
  • Signed letter of agreement
  • Completion certificate from 50-hour or 24/26-hour Introduction to Teaching class.

8. Semester I

If you meet the eligibility requirements you will be admitted to Semester I when all items that comprise the application packet have been received by the college NPTNJ office (see #7). Registration and payment procedures, current fees, program dates/times and other relevant information will be provided when you return the NPTNJ Application materials.

If Semester I at your community college of choice is full or for any reason cannot attend during those dates, we suggest you apply to another community college. All participating community colleges offer the same program for the same fee and have the same admission requirements. Students may transfer to another participating community college between semesters.

To successfully complete Semester I students must fulfill all program requirements and earn a minimum grade of B. Students who take Semester I for credit will receive 6 NJCU graduate credits. Both credit and noncredit students will receive a Semester I Completion Certificate.

Students may complete Semester I in one year and come back to complete Semester II another year. At the present time, there is no time limit between completing Semester I and returning to complete Semesters II, III and IV.  Please note that requirements to achieve standard certification may change in the interim between semesters.

9. Semesters II, III and IV

Enrollment in Semesters II, III and IV requires:

  • Successful completion of previous semesters
  • Provisional teaching job in a public, charter, or private K-12 school. This means you are hired as the “teacher of record” in a subject in which you have a CE. Part-time jobs (minimum 15 hours/week) are acceptable though the teacher candidate will need to teach more than two years (the equivalent of two full years of teaching) to receive standard certification. Teacher aide, teacher assistant or daily substitute positions are not acceptable.
  • A long-term substitute job is acceptable if:
    1.) You have a CE in the subject area
    2.) The school district is willing to enroll you in the Provisional Teacher Program
  • Enrollment in the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP): All new teachers must be enrolled by their school or school district in the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) with the DOE.

To successfully complete all semesters students must fulfill all program requirements and earn a minimum grade of B. Credit students will receive 15 NJCU graduate credits for the total program. Both credit and noncredit students will receive a Completion Certificates for the semesters.

When all provisional year requirements for the two provisional years have been met, the teacher candidate will receive standard certification from the NJDOE.