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NEW! The Brookdale Alternate Route Training- Community Colleges (ART-CC) program will provide individuals with a non-credit option to attain K-12 teacher licensing.  The ART-CC offers a 400-hour preparation program for teacher candidates who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and Certificate of Eligibility (CE) which allows them to attend classes while they are teaching in the classroom.

Teacher candidates start with the 50-hour Introduction to Teaching Pre-Service course. The CE is not needed to begin the Introduction course. Dates and times are listed below.

The CE and employment as a teacher are required to move to the next 350 hours of training. The requirements for a CE include:

  • College transcripts indicating a cumulative 2.75 GPA (if you graduated prior to September 2016) or a 3.0 GPA (if you graduated after September 2016)
  • Passing score on Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core);
  • Passing Praxis® Subject Assessments exam score in the content area in which the candidate will teach;

Candidates will submit all of the appropriate documentation to the NJ Department of Education demonstrating that the CE requirements have been met in the content area in which the candidate wishes to teach;

The CE will allow Candidates to seek employment as a teacher in a public, private, or parochial school.
Candidates must also participate in the Provisional Teacher Process to fulfill the NJ Teacher requirements by completing of the following steps;

  • Completion of the 50-hour Introduction to Teaching Pre-Service course
  • Accept an offer of employment
  • Confirm acceptance in the Alternate Route to Teaching program
  • Enrolled in a district mentoring program

Detailed information will be distributed in the Introduction class.

Course 1: Introduction to Teaching

This first segment of the 400-hour training process is an introduction to the teaching career. Candidates will experience interactive lecture, observation, and clinical work experience to complete the 50-hour requirement. Topics include: lesson planning, resume and interview processes, professional disposition and expectations, school law and ethics that impact effective teaching practices; all of which impact effective teaching practices. It also includes an introduction to assessment-driven instructional models, technology in education, literacy, and an overview of child development processes. The Alternate Route to Teaching licensing process will be introduced.

This course includes 30 hours of instruction (3 face-to-face sessions and 5 online sessions), 8 hours of classroom observation, and 12 hours of clinical experience.  Activities such as tutoring or substitute teaching will extend candidates the opportunity to work with students in an authentic environment. Collaboration with school districts will provide both a window of opportunity for the candidate and a potential recruitment tool for the district. Students will receive the NJDOE Verification of Program Completion (CE-VOPC) upon successful completion of this course which is required to move forward in the program.

Sat, Sept 12 – Oct 31, 2020 Online and Cohort Saturdays:  Sat, Sept 12, Oct 10 & Oct 31, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm with ½ hour lunch
Fee and Code: $295, XCART-001  
Book: The First Days of School:  How to Be an Effective Teacher (Book & DVD) 5th Edition 2018 by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong, ISBN-13: 978-0976423317

Course 2:  The Processes of Teaching and Learning (Novice Level)

This course prepares candidates for their first experiences in the classroom. The 90-hour course includes these topics:

  • Classroom Management – Building rapport and respect in the classroom.
  • The Learner and Motivation – Theories that impact learner engagement, effective motivational practices.
  • Child and Adolescent Development – Theories and principles of development, neuroscience impact on teaching processes and classroom design.
  • Assessment-Driven Teacher Planning and Instructional Models – Theoretical principles that impact effective teaching and learning processes, developing data-driven decisions.
  • Assessment Processes – Using academic language, assessing and supporting the transfer of knowledge and skills in content areas.
  • Professional Expectations and Goals for the First Years of Teaching – Building partnerships, professional organizations that support development, building a professional portfolio.
  • School Law and Ethics – Structure and organization of schools, school law, teaching ethics, policy and processes that affect teacher practices.

Sat: Sept 12 – Nov 21  online with face-to-face live Zoom Cohort Saturday mornings
Cohort Saturdays: Sat, Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7 & Nov 21  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fee and Code:  $1,080, XCART 002   
Books:  Educational Psychology: Active Learning Edition, 14th Edition ISBN:  978-0-13-520650-8
Planning Effective Instruction: Diversity Responsive Methods and Management, 6th Edition, ISBN:  978-1-337-56484-7

Candidates who do not hold a teaching position are encouraged to apply for a substitute teaching certificate in order to substitute teach on a daily basis or accept a replacement position. For more information consult:

Note:  Student must take both Intermediate level courses in the same semester

Course 3: Deep Learning and Effective Cross Content Applications (Intermediate Level)

Teacher candidates will further develop their classroom skills. The 60-hour course includes these topics:

  • Literacies Across the Curriculum – Language and mathematical bases for learning, critical thought processes that prepare students as problem solvers who are creative and resourceful learners.
  • Literacy in Content Areas – Effective literacy processes for struggling readers and writers.
  • Management Theories and Effective Practices that Guide Teacher Planning – Deep learning and: the physical spaces, the use of materials and resources, technology, diverse instructional models for transferring knowledge and developing metacognitive skills.

Sat: Sept 12 – Dec 19, 2020 online and face-to-face cohort Saturdays
Cohort Saturdays:  Sat, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 21 & Dec 19, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Fee and Code: $720, XCART 003    
Books:  Tompkins, G.E. (2017 or 2018). Literacy for the 21st Century A balanced approach. Boston: Pearson. ISBN: 9780134813653

Course 4: edTPA (Intermediate Level)

Learn about the assessment used to measure and reinforce the skills and knowledge that are required of teachers with any endorsement in the classroom.  The 40-hour course includes these topics:

  • Building the Professional Portfolio – The edTPA process will be embedded in all areas of the curriculum covered to this point.  In this course an emphasis will be placed on edTPA Handbook rubrics and Making Good Choices in order to prepare and coach teaching candidates for the edTPA portfolio.
  • Teacher candidates will be encouraged to set professional development goals along edTPA rubric as goals for improving their planning, instruction and assessment processes.

Sat: Sept 12 – Dec 19, 2020 online and face-to-face cohort Saturdays
Cohort Saturdays:  Sat, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 21 & Dec 19, 1-2 pm
Fee and Code: $480, XCART 004 
Books:  Does not have a book. It has materials that the students will get at the beginning of class in Canvas.

Please call 732-224-2158 to register.

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The ART-CC program is regulated and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.