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

  • Bachelor's 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.
  • All candidates must enroll in the 50 hour Introduction to Teaching class or the 26 hour companion course.

Please contact the NPTNJ Office at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1468 for the New Pathways to Teaching in NJ Introduction to Teaching 50-hour pre-service course schedule.

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 and students may continue current employment in other fields. A Certificate of Eligibility is required to enter Semester 1.

Rowan College at Burlington County offers Semester 1 in the fall of each year. All participating community colleges offer the same program for the same fee with the same admission requirements. The dates and times when colleges offer Semester 1 vary.

Students must complete Semester 1 with a grade of B or better to be eligible for Semester 2. 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 2. Long term substitute positions are acceptable if the school or school district is willing to enroll you in the Provisional Teacher program. Classes meet in a blended format - online and in person.

Semester 2 is offered January-May at all participating community colleges. Semester 2 combines classroom teaching, attendance of NPTNJ graduate classes which include coaching and mentoring and completing academic assignments. Classes meet online and in-person throughout the semester.

Semesters 3 and 4 are offered in the second year of the program with classroom teaching and completion of additional NPTNJ graduate classes which are offered online and in person.

Change of Venue

Applicants have the flexibility to complete the Semester 2, 3, or 4 at another participating community colleges.

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 15 graduate credits applicable toward numerous NJCU education masters degrees or master degrees at other local colleges and universities. 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: Offers a certificate.
    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 15 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 terms.
  • Non-credit students have a five year window from course completion to “buy back” the NJCU graduate credits by paying the difference between the non-credit tuition paid and the current graduate tuition rate at the time of the buy back.