Program Overview

The 2-Year NJ Alternate Route process is for individuals who have earned an Instructional Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and have been provisionally hired by a NJ public school district to teach in their intended area of certification and need to complete a formal teacher preparation program.

We understand that you want to employ your passion in learning to become a professional educator. We’re here to help you every step of the way, and support you in realizing your goal of becoming a dynamic and effective practitioner.

How to pursue the NJ Alternate Route teaching certificate

Is the program right for me?

You have a passion for teaching.

You want to turn what you have learned through your work experience into a career as a professional educator.

You have an offer to work as a teacher in a New Jersey public school, and have not completed a formal teacher preparation program.

Don’t have a teaching contract yet? You should consider our Post-Baccalaureate teaching programs.

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Program Highlights

Rider offers a streamlined program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice.

Highlights include

  • Participate in classes alongside adult students and colleagues in our formal teacher preparation programs.
  • Receive support and guidance in completing the required edTPA assessment for certification.
  • Earn graduate-level credit hours that count towards the Alternate Route educational requirement, with the option earning a master’s degree with just one or two additional courses.
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Program Requirements

The NJ Alternate Route Teaching Certificate Program provides rigorous teacher preparation and individualized guidance to help you to develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence as a teacher while you teach with your CE under provisional agreement with the district. This 2-year program comprises 27 graduate-level credit hours (depending on certification area), and meets the educational requirements for certification. With the addition of just one or two 3-credit courses, students in the program can earn their 30-credit Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Areas of Study

All areas of study lead to a teacher certification in the state of New Jersey. Area of study or specialty is based on the NJ teaching certification intended.

Students will be able to apply all of their certification credits (27 credits) from the Alternate Route certification program toward the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree if they choose.

Programs include

  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Dance
  • ESL
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Science
  • Elementary K-6
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Early Childhood P-3
  • Social Studies
  • Theater
  • Music
  • World Languages

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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Certificates and Endorsements Explained

Initial teaching certification is the first step while additional certifications, endorsements and degrees add qualifications to an existing license.


Kathleen Pierce, Ph.D.


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