New Pathways to Teaching


Change your life – become a teacher! Brookdale Community College is collaborating with participating New Jersey Community Colleges and New Jersey City University (NJCU) to offer New Pathways To Teaching In New Jersey (NPTNJ), an alternate route to teacher certification.

The program 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 200 hour program starts in early summer and January.

New Pathways Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor or higher degree
  • 2.75 minimum GPA in highest degree (No exceptions)
  • Passing Praxis II score
  • Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

For detailed information, read the NPTNJ Program Overview and Frequently Asked Questions. You may also visit the NPTNJ program’s official site.


Introduction To The Teaching Profession 24-Hour Program

Anyone applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) is required to complete the Introduction To Teaching 24-hour Pre-service Program.

Take your first step toward applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE). This non-credit course consists of 20 hours of class work and four hours of classroom observation. Areas of Study: classroom management, assessment tools, lesson plans, learning strategies, job search strategies for teachers, diversity in the classroom, and implementation of technology. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate that must be included with your CE application to the NJ Department of Education. Saturday classes – bring your own lunch, no food available on campus. Required text available for sale in College Bookstore.

Sec 1: Sat, Jan 31-Feb 28, 9 am-2 pm (No class Feb 7th)
Sec 2: Sat, Mar 7-Mar 28, 9am-2pm
Sec 3: Sat, Apr 18-May 9, 9 am-2 pm
Sec 4: Sat, May 30-June 27, 9am-2pm (No class June 13)
Fee and Code: $200, XNPTN 003 W


Substitute Teacher Training

Molly Cauterucci, instructor

Find rewarding part-time employment or enhance your opportunity to obtain a teaching position. A minimum of 60 college credits is required for certification as a substitute. If interested in becoming a certified teacher through the alternate route, a reputation as an excellent substitute teacher will work to your advantage. Learn teaching strategies and survival skills for all grade levels, insight into administration expectations, classroom management tips and tricks, evaluating and improving your performance, and the necessary steps/paperwork to become a certified substitute teacher in New Jersey. 4 SESSIONS

Tues & Thurs, Apr 1-10, 6-8 pm
Fee and Code: $145, XEECG 434 W