Steps to Becoming A Certified Teacher Under the Alternate Route
Steps to Becoming a Certified K-12 Teacher in the State of New Jersey Under The Alternate Route to Teaching Guidelines
- Complete an undergraduate degree with a major in a content area and/or 60 credits in humanities or liberal arts. TESC's degree completion programs are ideal for this requirement.
- Complete the 24-hour Pre-Service course, "An Introduction to the Teaching Profession"
- Complete both the standardized content assessment(s), i.e., PRAXIS, and the Physiology and Hygiene Requirement. The latter requirement may be completed by presenting evidence of basic military training, OR by completing a course such as biology, health or nutrition that appears on a regionally accredited 2 or 4 year college or university transcript, OR by completing a 35 question True/False test administered in the county office of education.
- Apply for Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the New Jersey Department of Education, which enables the candidate to seek a teaching position under the New Jersey Alternate Route to Teaching guidelines.
- Begin formal instruction upon hire by a school district or be accepted to an approved Alternate Route to Teaching pre-service program like Teach for America or New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey.
If you have questions about any of these steps, contact us.