• New Pathways to Teaching in NJ
  • New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey


    NPTNJ is a partnership between New Jersey City University and many community colleges across the State of New Jersey. New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program designed to provide candidates with the skills and strategies necessary to become excellent, successful teachers. Candidates take NPTNJ coursework at local NJ Community Colleges either on campus or as 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 New Jersey Department of Education (DOE).


    STEP 1:
    Contact us to obtain information about the New Pathways to Teaching program and our current and future offerings.

    STEP 2:
    Submit an application to NPTNJ, and in the meantime, begin your preparation.

    STEP 3:
    Obtain your Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE). Your application for a CE should include the following supporting documents:

    1. College transcripts indicating a Bachelor’s Degree
    2. The Praxis II test
    3. The Core Academic Skills test
    4. GPA of 3.0

    You are strongly encouraged to set the process to obtain your CE in motion as soon as possible. The temporary certification is required to move along the program beyond the 50-hour pre-service requirement Introduction to Teaching course. In addition, the CE will enable you to seek employment as a teacher in a public, private, or parochial school. This is crucial, because candidates are required to have an active teaching job to start semester II of the program.

    A Provisional Certificate will be issued once candidates have completed the following requirements:

    • 50 hours of pre-service (The Introduction to Teaching)
    • Accept an offer of employment
    • Confirm enrollment in New Pathways’ 400-hour program
    • Confirm your enrollment in a district mentoring program.

    Please read the Overview as well as the other informational documents on the left-hand menu of this website before contacting the office for more information. After reading the contents, email Luis R. Sosa Santiago, lsosasantiago@hccc.edu, or call (201) 360-4244 with questions.


    Pre-service Requirement: Introduction to Teaching.
    This course will be offered as a cohort for bridge and incoming candidates. We refer to “bridge candidates” as students who have already completed the previously required 24-hour Intro to Teaching course, but need to make up 26 hours to fulfill the new 50-hour Introduction to Teaching requirement.

    This is an intense course, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The class will run from Monday, July 24 to Monday, August 21. Tuition for the course is $295 for incoming candidates and $50 for bridge candidates. The latter will only be responsible for attending three class sessions.

    Click here to view the program flyer. To enroll in this course or request more information, please contact Luis R. Sosa Santiago at lsosasantiago@hccc.edu.

    Praxis Subject Areas ($159.00)
    Praxis Elementary Education Preparation MATH: Mondays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Sept. 11 to Oct. 16

    Praxis Elementary Education Preparation LANGUAGE ARTS: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Sept. 12 to Oct. 17

    Praxis Elementary Education Preparation SOCIAL STUDIES: Wednesdays 6 p.m.to 8 p.m. from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18

    Praxis Elementary Education Preparation SCIENCE: Thursdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Sept. 14 to Oct. 19

    To enroll in a Praxis Subject Area course or request more information about Continuing Education offerings, please contact Clara Angel at cangel@hccc.edu.