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.

 

The NJDOE designed three main elements in all approved Alternate Route Programs. These must be completed in the following order:

1. First, obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

2. Second, obtain a contracted teaching position

3. Third, enter the two years of the Alternate Route coursework 

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

 

Overviw of Alternate Route Program

 

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) and have obtained a teaching contract with a school district, but have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university.  The Alternate Route Program is termed as a CE program, in which students enter the teaching field while simultaneously pursuing the required coursework. A traditional program, in which students complete all schooling before entering the field, is referred to as a CEAS (Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing). See the Atlantic City Press article on our program.

Does Stockton offer P-3 certification? 

No, Stockton doesn't offer the Alternate Route in P-3. Contact a DOE approved provider such as Montclair.

Does Stockton offer certification in  Career and Technical Education (CTE)?  

No, Stockton doesn't offer the Alternate Route for CTEs.  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. 

In what grades/subjects can I obtain a certification?

Click here for the full DOE list.

Since the ESL certification requires addtional coursework, how would that work if I am a CE candidate enrolling in Stocktons two-year Alternate Route Progam? 

Stockton's ESL graduate endorsement sequence consists of 5 graduate level classes, 4 of which are the same courses required for the Bilingual Education (BE) endorsement. If you are interested in the ESL endorsement, you can take one course each semester for five semesters, or two courses in the fall, two in the spring, and then one in the summer, and you can finish the entire ESL endorsement program in two semesters and a summer. (The courses are offered in a cycle that makes this possible and there is no required order of the classes.) After you take the four or five courses and either pass or waive your OPI/WPT tests, you will be eligible to apply for your ESL and/or BE endorsements through Stockton's School of Education office.

Here is a link to the Stockton School of Education webpage which will give you information about the MAED program and the ESL/BE endorsements:

 https://stockton.edu/graduate/education.html

 See the curriculum worksheet under “Educational Endorsements”.

 We offer all the courses online and in the following cycle: EDUC 5202 and EDUC 5205 in the fall, EDUC 5201 and EDUC 5203 in the spring, and EDUC 5204 in the summer. You can register now for a class in summer or fall.

For information on the ESL Program, contact Dr. Spitzer (Lois.Spitzer@stockton.edu)

Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the NJ DOE Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials. 

 

Overview of the Steps to Obtaining a CE

Three important elements:

Praxis 1 (Core) For information on the basic skills (also called Praxis Core or State Test) requirement and possible replacement options, check out the basic skills section of the DOE site.

  • Those who score in the top one-third percentile of scorers on the SAT, ACT, or GRE in the year the respective test was taken are not required to pass the assessment. Candidates are exempt from the basic skills requirement if they can demonstrate a score on the SAT, ACT, or GRE at or above the cut score for the year in which they took the exam, shown here.
  • As of September 1, 2019, the state requires 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.
  • 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 Dr. Christine Ruth at christine@acedequity.org for course preparation schedules and tutoring information. 
  • There are other Praxis preparation programs and books. We do not suggest one over another. An example can be found here.

Praxis II Click here to find the Praxis II tests that align to the CE you hope to earn. When registering, please include Stockton University as a score recipient. 

  • Click here for the Praxis II testing/practice information.

Undergraduate degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA (or 2.75 with a qualifying score on the Praxis II)

  • Preservice courses Note: Although still listed on older DOE documents, the 24 hour precertification course is no longer required for a CE. Additionally, you are not required to complete the new 50-hour course in order to obtain a CE; however, you will need it in order to accept a teaching contract, so we encourage candidates to complete the course as soon as possible. The 50-hour non-credit course is detailed in the separate section below (Step 2 part b).

Click here to check on the status of your certificate process with the DOE.

 

I heard about a limited CE.  What is that all about?

           The DOE has created a limited CE which is will be accepted by some school districts (the list of which is yet to be published).  To be eligible for the limited CE, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree and meet all CE requirements pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-8.3, except the candidate may be waived from exactly one of the following requirements:

Note: Stockton’s Alternate Route program is now accepting applications from students who qualify for this Limited CE if they have contracted teaching positions. 

Once you earn your Certificate of Eligibility, apply for and accept employment in a contracted teaching position in a public or private school*.

 

Explanation of the Steps to Accepting a Contract

  • The district will enter the teacher in the Provisional Licensure Registration Management System (PLRMS) formally termed the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) with the state. The PTP webpage has information regarding the provisional process.

* Note: Not every school can host an alternate route candidate. A private school can participate in the Provisional Teacher Process if they have the below requirements established. 

  • In order to participate in the Provisional Teacher Process, a non-public school: Must be registered with the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Non-public School Services or be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families;
    • must have developed a mentoring plan;
    • must have a NJ certified teacher on staff who can serve as the mentor.
    • must adhere to the select criteria of AchieveNJ, the statewide educator evaluation system, designates teachers as highly effective, effective, partially effective or ineffective. This must be completed by a NJ certified administrator. Information about AchieveNJ can located on their website .

 

In the realm of evaluation in order for someone teaching in a non-public school to receive a standard certificate they will need two years of an effective or highly effective rating comprised of three evaluations and two SGOs each year.

As for evaluations the following rules must apply:

1)      They must have a minimum of three per year.

2)      They must be completed by a NJ certified administrator.

3)      The evaluations are to be done on a state approved instrument or equivalent model (Equivalency = a 1-4 scale on a research-based instrument).

As for SGOs they need to measure student growth on the standards/skills taught during the school year.  For your questions regarding SGO development, ultimately they need to assess their growth to ensure students have made adequate progress Please see our guidance on completing SGOs here. Please contact Peter.Mazzagatti@doe.nj.gov for questions regarding AchieveNJ.   

The NJ Professional Development website has information about developing a mentoring plan. Please contact TeachPD@doe.nj.gov for any questions you may have about developing a mentoring plan.   

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

 

Overview of 50 Hour Course

  • Note: the video above references the previous course platform, Blackboard; however the course is now provide via Google Classroom.
  • This online (Google Classroom) 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 an understanding of teaching as a profession to those interested in obtaining a teaching certificate through the alternate route program. This course focuses 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 to be completed before working, so we encourage those who wish to enter the field of teaching through the alternate route take this course as soon as they earn a certificate of eligibility and even before they begin interviewing.
  • Note: Stockton is not a provider of "CTE Only" areas or P-3 Alternate Route certification.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 50-HOUR COURSE

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. As noted, completion rates range from 3 weeks to 3 months.

Note: Stockton will accept the 50-hour course certificate 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.

FAQs

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

A. To get the link for the registration page, please complete this interest form. Doing so, you will receive the registration link. Once registered, anticipate entry to the Google Classroom course within 1 business day (except over holidays).  A notice will be sent to the email you provide. Stockton or Gmail accounts encouraged. The cost of this course is $350.  

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 except Stockton is not a provider of "CTE Only" areas or P-3 Alternate Route certification. Note: the state has requested only the institution to which a candidate will attend the 350 hour portion should be the institution to provide the 50 hour portion.    Having the course completed prior to interviewing and working would be beneficial to the candidate. 

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

A. Yes.  This course is not required until an Alternate Route 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. Do you give any credit for those with previous education courses?

A.  The 50-hour preservice course is a state-mandated requirement for all seeking to pursue certification as CE candidate. 

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

A. Yes. Those options are detailed within Google Classroom. 

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

 

Applying to the 2 year program

The SU Alternate Route Program entry start points are September (recommended application in June , but we can handle summer applications) or January (recommended application by November), depending upon date of hire. Our 400-hour two-year graduate level program includes the 50 hour non-credit preservice course along with 350 hours of graduate work. Students are 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. Tuition and fee costs for the program are presently ~ $10,000/year.  

Financial Aid

  • It is recommended candidates review the contract of their new teaching position for any information on reimbursement by their school.  Also, 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 at 609-626-6051. 
  • Graduate credit costs are linked here.
  • Financial aid information is linked here
  • Many school districts offer course reimbursement for graduate courses.  See your teaching contract/human resource department for details.  

Sequence of Courses  (Two years: Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring semesters)

  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 (CE) and 2 (contract) above, and registered or completed the 50 hour course, you may apply to the Graduate Program here. Note: you will apply for a Masters In Education.  The office will spot your CE and track you into the Alternate Route group. 

  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)

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, contact the Director, Dr. Hinman.

If you have questions, contact Dr. Michael Hinman, Director of the Alternate Route To Teaching Program via this inquiry form.

Additionally, the hotline for the NJDOE Office of Certification is 609-292-2070.