New Pathways to Teaching

Sussex County Community College in collaboration with New Jersey Community Colleges and New Jersey City University (NJCU) offers New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ), an alternate route to teacher certification.

The NPTNJ program provides an opportunity for people who have a BS, BA, or higher degree and did not complete a traditional teacher preparation program to become teachers.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor or higher degree
  • 2.75 minimum GPA in highest degree
  • Passing Praxis II score
  • Certificate of Eligibility (CE)

For detailed information on NPTNJ read the Overview-Getting-Started-Handbook.pdfPlease read this completely BEFORE contacting our office.

Introduction to Teaching 24-Hour Pre-Service Program

Anyone applying for a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) must take the Introduction to Teaching 24-Hour Pre-Service Program required by the New Jersey Department of Education before they can apply for the CE. This is a non-credit course with 20-hours of class work and 4-hours of classroom observation.  Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate that must be included in the CE application packet.

Introduction to Teaching 24-Hour Pre-Service Program provides prospective teachers with a snapshot of teaching.  Course content includes:

  • An Overview of the Teaching Profession
  • Classroom Management
  • Assessment Tools
  • Lesson Plans
  • Learning Strategies
  • Job Search Strategies for Teachers
  • Diversity in the Classroom
  • The Implementation of Technology
  • Classroom Observations

For a detailed description of the course and Summer 2015 dates, click here.

For information on the 45 hour Language Arts/Literacy & Math Education Courses, click here.

For details and to registration for the Praxis II exam visit

Also visit the NPTNJ program’s official site

For additional license and credential information visit the Department of Education web site at

Download Center – Applications, registration forms & observation packet.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen J. Leusink
Program Coordinator, Community Education and Workforce Development
Building E (upper campus), Room #106
Ph: 973-300-2287