Alternate Route Introduction

TeacherStockton has been a proud service provider for the Alternate Route To Teaching in NJ program for over 30 years. This program is a graduate credit pathway for those who desire to teach in NJ, but have elected not to pursue a traditional teaching certificate.  

Please review all of the important information below if you are considering this option. 


Every candidate should read this link of new information from the NJDOE!

See the Atlantic City Press article on our program (October 25, 2017).

Q. What is the Alternate Route Program?

The Alternate Route (CE) program is a graduate level, non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees with a 3.0 or higher GPA (or 2.75 with a qualifying score on the Praxis II),  have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, but have obtained a teaching contract with a school district.  The Alternate Route Program is termed as a CE program (enter the teaching field while pursuing the required coursework). A traditional program (complete all schooling before entering the field) is referred to as a CEAS.  

Q. Where is the latest  NJDOE  information on the certification process? Click here.

Q. What is the hotline to the NJDOE Office of Certification? 609-292-2070

Q. Does Stockton offer P-3 certification?  Stockton doesn't offer the Alternate Route in P-3.

Q. Does Stockton offer certification in  Career and Technical Education (CTE)?  Although not a provider of CTE cerrtification, there are a few CTE catagories that may be satisfied by a CTE or CE provider program.  How can you tell?  See the DOE list.  If the first three columns include CE, CEAS, or Standard (such as Business or Health Education), you may attend Stockton.   If the If you are interested in teaching technical courses requiring a CTE program, click here to reach Brookdale Community College, the only state provider of CTE Alternate Route Certification. 

For a list of all approved Alternate Route providers, click here


The candidate and the NJDOE-  Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials (OLC).  The requirements for a CE are listed on this link.  They can be done in any order.

  • Note: although still listed on DOE documents, the 24 hour precertification course is no longer required for a CE, so we no longer offer the class. Additionally, you are not required to complete the new 50 hour course in order to obtain a CE, but you will need it in order to accept a teaching contract, so we encourage candidates to complete the 50 as soon as possible.  
  • Click here to find the Praxis II tests that align to the CE you wish to earn. When registering, please include Stockton University as a score recipient.  Note: As of September 1, 2019, the state will require candidates to take the newly adopted Praxis Core Math (5733) for CE licensure.  Passing scores for 5732 obtained prior to September 1, 2019, will continue to be accepted.
  • Click here for the Praxis II testing/practice information. 
  • Click here for information on the basic skills (also called Praxis Core or State Test) requirement and possible replacement options. Free Praxis Core study support for teacher candidates of color is offered by the Atlantic County Collaborative for Educational Equity, a local nonprofit. Please contact Christine Ruth at for course preparation schedules and tutoring information.
  • Click here to check on the status of your certificate process with the DOE.

The candidate and a public or private school- Once you earn your Certificate of Eligibility, apply for and accept employment in a contracted teaching position in a school willing to accept an Alternate Route Candidate.

  • The district then enters the teacher in the  Provisional Licensure Registration Management System (PLRMS) formally termed the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) with the state. 

CE 50 Hour Course (Non-credit requirement to enter the Alternate Route to Teaching Program) 

  • This online course includes 30 hours of online instruction, 10 hours of clinical observation and 10 hours of clinical reflection. It is possible to complete the course in as few as three weeks.  The time limit is three months. 
  • The purpose of this course is to provide those interest in obtaining a teaching certificate through the alternate route program with an understanding of teaching as a profession, focusing on the culture of schools, including expectations and the transitioning necessary for new teachers. Topics will include classroom management, lesson planning, instruction, assessment, student needs, and the use of technology in the classroom.  
  • This 50 hour course is one of the requirements of the alternate route, however, this course is not a requirement for the certificate of eligibility. It is required once hired, so we encourage those who wish to enter the field of teaching through the alternate route at Stockton take this course as soon as they earn a certificate of eligibility and even before they begin interviewing.


This online module will run continuously throughout the year. Students are able to join at any time and complete the course at their own pace (from 3 weeks to 3 months). 


Q. May I take this course if I do not have a CE or a teaching contract?

A. Yes, this course is open to all.  Having the course completed prior to interviewing and working would be beneficial to the candidate. Cost is $350. Note: Stockton will accept the 50 hour course completion from other Alternate Route NJDOE approved providers, but acceptance is up to the discretion of each provider. The NJDOE prefers the 50 hour course be completed in the same institution as the 350 hours. 

Q. Do I need to take this course if I already have my CE?

A. This course is not required until a candidate accepts a contracted teaching position; however it is needed to begin teaching.  Therefore, we suggest candidates consider taking the course as soon as possible. The following is from a broadcast to NJ Superintendents from the DOE on April 11. 2017. "Administrators should ensure that all new teachers hired who hold a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) are enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program by the start of their first school year and have received confirmation from the preparation program that the new teachers have completed the pre-professional (50 hours) component of the program. " 

Q. Can I take the 50 hour class if I plan to work under a CTE or P-3 CE?

A.  No. Stockton is not a provider of CTE or P-3 Alternate Route Certification; the state has requested only the institution to which a candidate will attend the 350 portion should be the institution to provide the 50 hour portion.  

Q. Do you give any credit for the people that already took the 24 hour course if we need to take this new 50 hour course?

A.  Those individuals will have the option to be excused from 20 of the online hours.  

Q. May I use past experiences as the clincial observation requirement and/or will the instructor help me coordinate a placement? 

A. Yes. 

No prerequisites - open to all

Q. How do I register for this stand alone non-credit course?

ATo register for this 50 hour class, contact Dawn Marshall in the Office of Continuing Studies: 609-652-4227.

The candidate then registers for the Alternate Route teacher preparation program directly with a provider of which Stockton University is one.  

This is the new 400 hour two year graduate level program.  This includes the 50 hour non-credit preservice course detailed below along with 350 hours of graduate work. Students would be enrolled in 5-6 credits per semester.  The three credit courses are Tuesday evenings from 4:30-7:30 PM at the Atlantic City Campus.  The two credit companion courses are delivered online through Blackboard.

  1. Course Worksheet for K-12 Subject Specific CE holders
  2. Course Worksheet for Elementary CE holders
  3. Course Worksheet for K-12 Subject Specific CE holders seeking Sped Endorsement
  4. Course Worksheet for Elementary CE holders seeking Sped Endorsement
  5. Course Worksheet for Sped Endorsement as addition after Alt Route Certificate Completion

Application to the 350 hours - If you have completed steps 1 and 2 above, and contacted the director regarding the 50 hour course, you may apply to the Graduate Program here

The ideal time to apply is in the summer for a September start or if hired in the fall, apply in the fall for a January start.  If hired in the winter or spring, email the Director, Dr. Hinman.  
  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
  2. Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application 
  3. Contracted teaching position (a contracted long term leave is acceptable, a substitute position is not)
  4. Enrollment in the NJ provisional teaching database PLRMS (completed by the school district)
  5. Appropriate NJ Certificate of Eligibility (CE).
  6. Praxis II scores
  7. Graduate application essay
  8. Three current letters of recommendation written specifically for MAED admissions 
  9. Resume
  10. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  11. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  12. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (note: maintaining a 3.0 gpa within the program is required)

Financial Aid

  • Graduate credit costs are linked here
  • Financial aid information is linked here
  • Check into the Teach Grant. If you work in a high needs district/content area, you may qualify. Contact Terra Mecouch, who handles Financial Aid for all Education students, including Teach grant applicants. She’s at 609-626-6051.  Additionally, it is recommended candidates review the contract of their new teaching position for any information on reimbursement by their school.  

Michael Hinman, Ed. D.
Director of the Alternate Route To Teaching Program