• New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey

    General Information

    Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is collaborating with participating New Jersey Community Colleges and New Jersey City University (NJCU) to offer New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ). The program provides an opportunity for people who have a BS, BA or higher degree and who did not complete a traditional teacher preparation program to become teachers. The program is offered in two stages. Stage I is a “pre-service” component which does not require the participant to have a teaching job. A teaching job is required to continue to Stage II. This unique partnership provides students the opportunity to earn up to 15 graduate credits toward many NJCU graduate degrees in education.

    Basic Eligibility Requirements

    • Bachelor’s or higher degree
    • 2.75 minimum GPA in highest degree
    • Passing Praxis II score
    • Certificate of Eligibility (CE) – Required for admission to Stage I

    On the left-hand menu of this website, please read the Overview as well as the other informational documents completely before contacting the office for more information. After reading the contents of this website, email Coleen Piontkowskie at cpiontkowskie@hccc.edu or call (201)360-4255 with questions.

    NPTNJ offers Intro to Teaching!

    The Introduction to Teaching 24-Hour Pre-Service Program is required to receive a CE. NPTNJ at HCCC now offers the program online with only two in-class meetings! Save time! The program is also offered in person and costs $209. Please see the left-hand menu for the Intro to Teaching schedule and more information.

    Information Sessions

    HCCC holds periodic Information Sessions regarding the alternate route teacher certification process and admission to NPTNJ. If you are interested in learning more about NPTNJ, please plan to attend an upcoming session:  

    Schedule - Winter and Spring 2014
    • Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.
    • Wednesday, March 12, 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m.

    Please pre-register by calling 201-360-4255. The Information Sessions are located in the Culinary Arts Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, Jersey City. The room number is posted upon entry.