Alternate Route Introduction

School of Education


Alternate Route to Certification Information

Stockton has been a proud service provider for the Alternate Route To Teaching in NJ program for over 25 years. This program is a pathway for those who desire to teach in NJ, but have elected not to pursue a traditional teaching certificate.  

Please review all of the important information below if you are considering this option.  

 Specific class information on Page 2, click here

 Starting Point Information

 What is the Alternate Route Program?

The Alternate Route (CE) program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for those individuals who have complete undergraduate or graduate degrees with a 3.0 or higher GPA, but have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university who wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher.  A traditional program is referred to as a CEAS.  The Alternate Route Program is termed as a CE.

Where is the latest  NJDOE  information on the certification process? Click here.

How can I check on the status of my certificate process? Click here. 

What is the hotline to the NJDOE Office of Certification? 609-292-2070

Stockton doesn't offer the Alternate Route in Career and Technical Education.  Click here to see who does.  

Am I Eligible for the Alternate Route Program?

Completing the Alternate Route program requires that the following series of steps be taken by a prospective applicant in the order listed below.  

Step 1. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) through the Office of Licensure and Academic Credentials (OLC).  The requirements for a CE are listed on this link.  They can be done in any order.  

  • Starting in August, the 24 hour precertification course will no longer be required for a CE, so we no longer offering the class.
  • Click here to find the Praxis II tests that align to the CE you wish to earn.  
  • Click here for information on the basic skills (also called Praxis Core or State Test) requirement. 

Step 2Once you earn your Certificate of Eligibility, apply for and accept employment in a contracted teaching position in a school willing to accept an Alternate Route Candidate.  The district then enters the teacher in the  Provisional Licensure Registration Management System (PLRMS) formally termed the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) with the state. 

Step 3. The candidate then registers for the Alternate Route program directly with a provider of which Stockton University is one.  This is the new 400 hour two year graduate level program.  This includes the 50 hour non-credit preservice course detailed on the next page of this site along with 350 hours of graduate work.  Classes are offered in hybrid (75% live and 25% online) as well as some classes fully online.   Details on the new graduate program will be posted soon.  

The following is from a broadcast to NJ Superintedents from the DOE on April 11. 2017. "Administrators should ensure that all new teachers hired who hold a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) are enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program by the start of their first school year and have received confirmation from the preparation program that the new teachers have completed the pre-professional (50 hours) component of the program. "  

Please review all of the links above and our next web page of class information.  

Contact me with additional questions.

Michael Hinman, Director of the Alternate Route To Teaching Program