Alternate Route to Teaching Training Program


Do you aspire to become a teacher but do not have a degree in education?
Looking for the fast-track to a new, rewarding career as an educator?


The Alternate Route to Teaching is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher in their degree subject area. Teacher candidates may work full time as educators while completing program requirements.

What is the motivation for our typical Alternate Route to Teaching student?


Alternate Route Teachers tend to be:

Brookdale Community College’s comprehensive teacher preparation program is regulated and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and prepares you to confidently enter the teaching profession.

Call for Third-Party Comment

Submission Deadline: June 11, 2024

On July 10-11, Brookdale Community College will host an initial accreditation visit by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). In preparation for the visit, the AAQEP Initial Quality Review Team is soliciting public comment about the quality of educator preparation provided by Brookdale Community College. All comments must be submitted by June 11, 2024 through the AAQEP website: Submit Comment

Alternate Route to Teaching Community College (ART-CC)


Your First Step

Enroll and take our Introduction to Teaching Pre-Service course (50-Hours)

About: The fifty-hour course is entirely online and includes a combination of Zoom classes, asynchronous course assignments, 8 hours of classroom observations, analysis, and 12 hours of clinical experience.

Course objective: The program’s main goal is to give the prospective teacher an overview of the teaching profession, featuring classroom management, lesson planning, and job search strategies.

Cost: $295. Does not include textbooks.

Course Requirements: Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree and meet state requirements.

GPA (Grade Point Average) Requirement:

Next Steps

Complete the remaining 350 hours of course offerings towards your teacher certification. These six (6) courses are also entirely online and include a combination of Live Zoom classes and asynchronous course assignments. Teacher candidate must prove required employment in your CE subject area with enrollment in The NJDOE’s Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) by the third course.

*Candidates must apply for their Certificate of Eligibility through the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) which requires a bachelor’s degree. NJDOE licensing requirements can be found by clicking here.

Remaining six (6) teacher preparation courses (350 hours)
Cost: $4,740* (Averages $629 per course. Does not include textbooks and Performance Measure Lab Fees)

Course Requirements: Successful completion of the 50-hour course and a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in your subject area, employment in a public, private, or parochial school.

Intro to Teaching 50-hour Preservice course 001

Course runs 5/4/2024  through 6/29/2024 featuring weekly online asynchronous assignments with
Three (3) Saturday Mandatory Live Zoom sessions on 5/4, 6/8, 6/29 at 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

To enroll: Please contact Kristin DeRose, to request to register for the Intro course.

The Processes of Teaching and Learning course 002

We are running two sections of the 002 process course this spring/summer.  Select one section.

Course runs 4/20/2024 through 6/29/2024 featuring weekly online asynchronous assignments with
Five (5) Saturday Mandatory Live Zoom sessions on 4/20, 5/11, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Course runs 5/11/2024 through 7/27/2024 featuring weekly online asynchronous assignments with
Five (5) Saturday Mandatory Live Zoom sessions on 5/11, 6/8, 6/22, 7/13, 7/27 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

To enroll: Please contact Kristin DeRose, to request an application for the Process course.

Additional Information

For more information please click here to review the ART-CC Program Overview

Have any questions? Contact Karin Swan at 732-224-2988.

Request Information: Alternate Route to Teaching Program

The Alternate Route to Teaching Program is designed for aspiring individuals who already have a Bachelor's Degree and Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and are interested in pursuing a K-12 license to obtain employment as a teacher in a public, private or parochial school.

Brookdale Community College does not offer a P-3 Alternate Route Program.
Please click here to contact your local county NJDOE office for a list of P-3 providers.

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