New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey provides an opportunity to become a teacher for people who have a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field.

Program Overview

New Pathways is a unique online program for people with a bachelor's degree to become a certified teacher in New Jersey. 

NPTNJ offers personalized advice and assistance for navigating the New Jersey Department of Education regulations, strong faculty support, and high-quality coursework.

  • Conveniently available at Rowan College at Burlington County's Mount Laurel Campus.
  • Established for more than 15 years and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Dedicated, personalized assistance with student-focused instructors.
  • Flexible options to obtain graduate credit or not-for-credit.
How NPTNJ Works
  • Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility from the N.J. Department of Education. Click here for information on how to apply for a CE.
  • Complete a 50-hour Introduction to Teaching Course which includes classroom observations and field experience.
  • Successfully teach as a provisional teacher for two years.
  • Complete 24 credits of alternate route classes.

Program Eligibility

  • Bachelor's or higher degree.
  • 3.0 GPA in bachelor's or highest degree. If you graduated prior to September 1, 2016, you may be eligible with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Please contact the NPTNJ Office at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1468 for the schedule for the New Pathways to Teaching in NJ Introduction to Teaching 50-hour Pre-service Course.
Choose From Two Options

Choose From Two Options

  • Graduate credit option: Earn graduate credits that are applicable to certain master's programs at New Jersey City University and other local colleges. 
  • Noncredit option: This option offers a certificate and is only available to individuals with teaching positions relevant to their original field of study.

Which one is best for me? Each option offers the same coursework and leads to state certification. Most students select the graduate credit option to progress toward a master’s degree and may advance you on the pay scale.

Credit Conversion
Non-credit students have a five-year window from entering the program to convert the non-credit coursework to NJCU graduate credits by paying the difference between the non-credit tuition paid and the current future tuition rate.

Getting Started

Please follow these steps to get started in this program.​ Steps 1, 2, and 3 may be done in any order. Contact the coordinator with any questions.

  1. Take our Introduction to Teaching 50-hour Pre-service Program approved by the DOE.
  2. Pass the Praxis Subject Assessment Exam in your subject area at the RCBC Test Center.
  3. Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skill Testing or submit the results of your SAT, ACT, or GRE scores.
  4. Request Official Transcripts
    Request official transcripts from each college you have attended and deliver or have the transcripts mailed to the New Pathways to Teaching Transfer Office. 
    Important: You will need a total of three (3) official transcripts from each college attended during the total application process. All transcripts must be sealed in separate envelopes. Three official transcripts from each college attended are required for the NPTNJ application process. If you receive the transcripts, do not open. Mail or deliver to the NPTNJ office. A transcript is not official if it has been opened. All transcripts will be held in your file at NJCU.
  5.  Apply for the CE. You must apply and pay for your CE online and obtain your personal tracking number.

    Allow 6-8 weeks for the DOE to review your packet. It is recommended that you have the NPTNJ Coordinator review your packet prior to sending the information in on your own. Make a copy of all documents for your personal record. The following documents must be assembled:

    • Copy of Praxis Subject Assessment score from ETS (see #2 on page 5) if required

    • Copy of  Core Academic Skills Testing/SAT/ACT/GRE data (see #3 on page 5) or official SAT, ACT, or GRE scores

    • Official transcripts (see #4 above)

    • Notarized Oath of Allegiance (available and completed on the DOE website for each CE)

    • Completion of Physiology and Hygiene requirement (military service, appropriate college course, or the  DOE exam)
      NOTE: It is important to fulfill the above requirements and apply for your CE as soon as possible. You must have your CE “in hand” rather than “in process” to enroll in Semester One.

  6. Take Physiology and Hygiene Test. If your transcript does not indicate study in any of the following areas you must take the Physiology and Hygiene Test. The test is given by the RCBC Program Coordinator.

    You may be exempt if your area of study is related to human biology, personal health problems, community health, school health, family health, health counseling, nutrition, or health administration. Military service will also fulfill this requirement. If you are not certain you have fulfilled this requirement in your college studies, we suggest you take the test by making an appointment at the NPTNJ Office at Rowan College at Burlington County as soon as you meet all other requirements. A tracking number from the DOE is required to take the Physiology and Hygiene Test.

  7. Apply to the New Jersey City University NPTNJ Program. Applications will be available online at the NJCU/NPTNJ website. Your NPTNJ Application Packet is complete when NJCU has on file:
    • Three official transcripts from each college attended
    • Completed, original, NPTNJ Application completed online
    • Letter of Agreement for appropriate Semester
    • Copy of Certification View Screen from DOE website or Copy of your CE
Requirements to Teach Elementary, Middle or High School

The following are the academic requirements your college transcript/s must reflect. To show subject competency you must also pass the Praxis Subject Assessment in your subject area. A few subjects require no Praxis exams.

If you are uncertain if you have the credits to teach a subject, the DOE will review your transcripts for a fee from October until April of each year. You must indicate on the application the endorsement (subject area) you want evaluated as that is the only area that will be evaluated. The fee will be applied toward your CE application. The NPTNJ office is not permitted to review transcripts.

Elementary Education (Grades K-6)

To qualify for a CE in elementary education you must have 60 credits in liberal arts.

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

There are multiple requirements to qualify.

To teach middle school you must have two CEs, one in elementary education (60 liberal arts credits) and one in Elementary Education with middle school specialization (science, math, social studies, English/language arts or a world language (Spanish, French, etc.).  You may also add a middle school specialization to a content area CE (i.e. English, Social Studies, Technology, etc.)

Your transcript must show 15 credits in the subject you plan to teach. No credits above the 200 level are required.

There are specific Praxis Subject Assessment exams for all grade 5-8 specialization areas, with the exception of world languages. For any of the world languages you must take the subject area Praxis test, and follow the additional world language regulations (not included here and available from the DOE).

If you hope to teach a subject in middle school that is not one of the middle school specialization areas mentioned above (such as physical education or art)   you will need a subject area CE, explained below. If you have a subject area CE you may teach this subject K-12 and do not need an elementary or middle school CE

High School (Grades 9-12):

subject area CE is required. To qualify for a CE in a subject area such as math, social studies, English, physical sciences, psychology, etc., 30 credits in the subject field are required. Though a subject area CE is often referred to as a high school or secondary CE, a subject area CE qualifies you to teach that subject K-12.

The credits must be in a coherent sequence, 100-400 level, with a minimum of 12 credits at the 300-400 (junior/senior/graduate) level.     

A subject area CE is the most versatile CE and gives you the option of teaching that subject K-12. A subject area CE does not require an elementary CE or middle school CE.

Summary of Requirements to Teach at Different Levels, K-12

  • Pre K -3 is a separate program at NJCU and other New Jersey Colleges and Universities.
  • To teach K-6 an Elementary Education CE is required. (see subject area CE exception)
  • To teach middle school a CE in Elementary Education (or another K-12 subject area) and a CE in a middle school specialization in one of the five areas is required.
  • A subject area CE qualifies you to teach the subject K-12. Thirty credits in that subject are required. A subject area CE is the most versatile and gives you the most employment options. You may teach only that subject and may not teach an elementary or middle school classroom where all subjects taught by one teacher with a subject area CE.

Special Notice: ​The NPTNJ office does not review transcript/s, advise on what you are qualified to teachdetermine what credits might be missing, or if your course work has fulfilled the physiology and hygiene requirement. This is the sole jurisdiction of the DOE Office of Certification and Induction. Remember, only the endorsements (subject area/s) you list in on the CE application will be considered for transcript review and approval.

You will receive your CE from the DOE when their review is complete and if you meet the qualifications. The process is sometimes a lengthy one and we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

Employment in this Field

You are eligible to be hired as a provisional teacher after you receive your CE. The CE is an official DOE document that shows you are qualified to teach that subject in NJ.

It is easiest to get a job in physics, chemistry, other sciences, math, and languages. The most difficult job to get is an elementary education position in a suburban school. Urban schools, private and charter schools often have jobs in all areas, at all levels. You are responsible for finding your own job with assistance from the NPTNJ coordinator and instructors.  

If you are hired by a school district and have not completed a traditional teacher preparation program you must be in an alternate route program. NPTNJ is one of those programs. Each year a growing percentage of new teachers throughout the state are alternate route teachers. The NPTNJ program has gained a reputation for high academic standards and for graduating well prepared teachers and is favored by many school districts in the hiring of alternate route teachers.

The county superintendent’s office is one source of county job openings as are the websites of school districts. Following are two helpful websites.

  • Praxis II exam information: Educational Testing Services (ETS) or 609-771-7395
  • New Jersey Department of Education Office of Certification and Induction; phone: 609-292-2070
  • Foreign Credentials Review: World Education Services: phone 212-966-6311; fax 212-739-6139; website or a similar DOE approved agency.
Program Contact

Carol Grant-Holmes, Ed.D.
Coordinator, New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey at RCBC
(856) 222-9311, ext. 1468