New Pathways To Teaching

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New Pathways To Teaching In New Jersey (NPTNJ)

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.

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) offers an alternate route teacher preparation program for candidates who already possess a Bachelor’s Degree and Certificate of Eligibility.

New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) is a partnership between New Jersey City University and many of the New Jersey Community Colleges, including Brookdale Community College. NPTNJ offers an alternate route teacher preparation program designed to provide candidates with the skills and strategies necessary to become excellent, successful teachers. Candidates can take NPTNJ 50 hour Introduction to Teaching Pre-Service course at Brookdale Community College, primarily in a hybrid program. The program provides a process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) to become licensed teachers without having to complete a traditional teacher training program. The NPTNJ program is regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education. Candidates will submit all of the appropriate documentation to the N.J. Department of Education demonstrating that the requirements have been met to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) in the content area in which the candidate wishes to teach. 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); successful Praxis II exam score in the content area in which the candidate will teach; and a successful score on the Core Academic Skills test. The CE will allow the candidate to immediately seek employment as a teacher in a public, private, or parochial school.

Candidates must complete the 50 hour Introduction to Teaching course, accept an offer of employment as a teacher,* subsequently enroll in the New Pathway’s 400-hour program which will be offered in an online format over two years while the candidate is working as a teacher,* and enroll in the school district’s mentoring program. The N.J. Department of Education will provide the candidates with a provisional teaching certificate while they complete the 400 hour program.

* It is preferable to get a job as soon as you can since you will also need to complete two full years in the Provisional Teacher Program in order to apply for your Standard Certificate.
For additional information about the New Pathways to Teaching program at Brookdale Community College, please contact Amy Yates at or phone 732-224-2158.



This pre-service course is framed around two critical areas: (1) an overview of and preparation for the skills and tools needed for the teaching profession; and (2) essential attitudes and dispositions needed to maintain poise as novice teachers in diverse communities.  The course’s primary intention is to provide a snapshot of teaching.  For instance, it addresses concerns related to personal expectations and actualities.  Moreover, the course prepares participants to begin their search for a new job. For many, this means understanding what schools are looking for in teachers, recognizing education buzzwords and preparing demonstration lessons.  This course is comprised of 50 hours including 30 hours of instruction (3 face to face sessions and 5 online sessions), 8 hours of classroom observation, and 12 hours of clinical experience.  The course will provide the participant with a “clinical” opportunity through structured observations in a school setting.  Collaboration with school districts will provide both a window of opportunity for the candidate and a potential recruitment tool for the district. In addition, 12 hours of clinical work such as tutoring or substitute teaching will offer candidates the opportunity to work with students in an authentic environment.

Sat, Sep 7-Oct 26, online and face to face 
Face to face sessions: Sat, Sep 7 (8-10:30 am), Oct 12 (9:30 am -12:30 pm) & Oct 26, (9:30 am -12:00 pm)

Fee and Code: $295, XNPTN 004

Please call 732-224-2158 to register.