Alternate Route Teacher Programs

alternate route to teaching

  • Do you aspire to become a teacher but haven’t completed a traditional teacher preparation program?
  • Do you want to teach children in grades K-12?
  • Do you have expertise in career and technical fields such as Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Graphic Design?

You may be eligible for one of Brookdale’s Alternate Route Teacher Certification Programs. These comprehensive programs prepare you to enter the teaching profession by providing 400 hours of instruction in New Jersey Department of Education-approved programs.


New Jersey Career And Technical* Education Alternate Route Teacher Program

The Alternate Route program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, but wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher.
(*Formerly designated vocational-technical)


New Pathways To Teaching

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program for candidates who already possess a Bachelor’s Degree and Certificate of Eligibility. Candidates take NPTNJ coursework at local NJ Community Colleges.

For questions or to register, please contact Amy Yates at or 732-224-2158.


Brookdale Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educational institution. In order to promote this goal, the College makes positive efforts to ensure equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or veteran status.