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Career and Technical Education Certificate of Eligibility Educator Preparation Program (CTE CE EPP) Application Process

Obtaining an application for the Career and Technical Education Alternate Route Program

Download an application and submit with all applicable supporting documents.

Candidates may apply for and begin Stage I, the 50-Hour Pre-Professional Experience without a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and/or a teaching job, but will need both to continue to the 350-Hour component of the Program.

Application components for the Stage I, the 50-Hour Pre-Professional Experience

Note:  All teacher candidates must first successfully complete Stage I, the 50-Hour Pre-Professional Experience before they can apply for continuation on to Stage II.  Successful completion of each sequential stage is required before continuation on to the next stage.  Upon completion of each stage, candidates will be required to submit a registration form to continue on to the next stage of the program.

Submitting an application

All application/registration materials must be submitted to:

CTE Office at Brookdale
Brookdale Community College
Continuing & Professional Studies
765 Newman Springs Rd.
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Cost of the Career and Technical Education Certificate of Eligibility Educator Preparation Program (CTE CE EPP)

The cost for the CTE EPP:

Stage I – 50 Hour Pre-Professional Experience cost is $396*.  If the Introduction to Teacher 24 hour Pre-service Program has already been completed, the cost will be $200 and will require submission of the Introduction to Teaching 24 Hour Completion Certificate.  These costs do not include textbooks.

Stages II-VII – Total non-credit cost for the remaining 350 hours of program $3,918* that will be broken out by $653* per stage.These costs do not include textbooks.

The CTE CE EP Program may be taken for Associate Degree credit.  Details will be provided to all candidates enrolled during credit enrollment periods.

Financial Assistance

There is no financial aid available through the College. Students may seek private loans.

CTE CE EPP program start dates

Stage I – 50 Hour Pre-Professional Experience will have start dates throughout the year. Upcoming dates will be announced to candidates as they submit completed program applications.

The Stage II program will include start dates in  September, October, February and April.

Class location

The CTE CE EPP alternate route program is conducted in a hybrid format. Most of the classes are conducted online, with some face-to-face instruction held on Saturdays. Saturday sessions meet approximately once a month from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and are held at a site that is centrally located for students who are traveling from all regions of the state.

CTE CE EP Program acceptance/registration

Once we receive your completed application packet, it will be reviewed to ensure eligibility requirements have been met. If you meet eligibility requirements, a packet of registration materials will be sent including information relevant to the program.

What to expect once registered

The CTE CE EPP is a hybrid course which means there are online components and face-to-face class meetings designed as “Cohort Saturdays.” The 400-Hour program is broken down into seven curriculum components: Stage I represents the 50-Hour Pre-Professional Experience and is comprised of ten online sessions and two Cohort Saturdays; Stages II-VII represent 350 hours of instruction comprised of online sessions and a total of 18 Cohort Saturday sessions over two years.

Credit and noncredit options:

Credit Option

Brookdale Community College has developed an associate’s degree credit option for individuals who do not already have a college degree, or who may want to pursue credits for an additional degree.  Teachers in the Career and Technical Education Certificate of Eligibility Educator Preparation Program (CTE CE EPP) will be offered the opportunity to earn undergraduate college credits toward an Associate’s degree at Brookdale Community College.  Candidates can earn credits toward a Technical Education AAS by successfully completing the components of Stage II through Stage VII of the curriculum. More information will be provided to all candidates when available, and during open enrollment periods.

Non-credit Option

The noncredit option is for certification only.

The course requirements and workload are identical for both options. Both equally fulfill the NJ Department of Education alternate route teacher education requirements for teacher certification.

Additional information:

For more information please review the CTE Program Overview and the CTE Program PowerPoint.