Introduction to the Teaching Profession (24-Hour Pre-Service Course)

If you are oriented to public service and teaching, Thomas Edison State College's 24-Hour Pre-Service Program: An Introduction to the Teaching Profession is a step toward an alternate route to a teaching career. Candidates only need a bachelor's degree to enroll in the program.

For individuals without a bachelor's degree, Thomas Edison State College provides many course-earning options. For advisement about undergraduate options at Thomas Edison State College, contact admissions@tesc.edu.

The 24-Hour Pre-Service Program: An Introduction to Teaching is a step toward becoming a certified teacher even for those without a single education course in their portfolio. The only requirement to enter the program is a Bachelor's degree in any subject from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Please note, however, that successful completion of the 24-Hour Pre-service Program: An Introduction to the Teaching Profession is one of several steps that candidates need to take before becoming certified to teach in the State of New Jersey (See "Steps Toward Teacher Certification"). Students hoping to teach in other states need to check with the Department of Education in those states for relevant guidelines.

If you are an assistant teacher, paraprofessional or someone who has worked with children in day-care centers or as a mentor, but do not possess an undergraduate degree (or even a single credit of college coursework), you are welcome to attend Thomas Edison State College where prior learning assessment, a reliance on distance education and a willingness to accept credits earned elsewhere might give you just the motivation you need to become a certified teacher.

For advisement about undergraduate options at Thomas Edison State College, contact our admissions office.

When enrolling in this class, students must complete the Questionnaire/Disclosure Statement.