Essex County Provisional Teacher Training Program
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Registration is closed for 2023-2024.

Alternate Route

The Alternate Route program is a non-traditional teacher preparation program, designed for those individuals who HAVE NOT completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university, but who wish to obtain the necessary training to become a NJ certified teacher.

This two-year course provides the 400 hours of instruction that satisfies the requirements for the New Jersey Department of Education. This website describes the program as it is administered in the Essex County Provisional Teacher Training Program which is located in Montclair, New Jersey.

The preprofessional program required 50 hours of formal instruction. This is required for new candidates, and is included in the 400 total hours.

If you don't find what you need in the pages here, contact us for more information.


  • The Essex County Provisional Teacher Training Program (ECPTTP) has worked closely with the New Jersey State Department of Education in support of alternate teacher training for more than 25 years. We know what you need.
  • Coursework incorporates New Jersey State Professional Standards and the Common Core, and is designed to support each classroom teacher’s experience, knowledge, and subject area.
  • Our staff are experienced, knowledgeable, tenured school administrators on all academic levels.
  • Our program is affordably priced, and we provide a flexible payment schedule.
  • Our instructional calendar speads out over a year to make it more manageable. Rolling program dates provide candidates with options based on personal and professional needs.
  • The training site is centrally located in Montclair, New Jersey, with easy access to all major highways, including the Garden State Parkway, Route 280, Route 3, Route 4, Route 46, and Route 80. We are only 12 miles from New York City. Major public transportation is also close by and accessible.
  • Designated on-site parking for candidates at the program site.
  • Montclair is known for its wide variety of affordable restaurants, most no more than 10 minutes from the program site.
  • On-site support is provided by knowledgeable staff, who are always available to answer your questions.
Program Director:   Ms. Joanne Petrigliano
Contact us
New Jersey State Department of Education
Office of Certification and Induction
(609) 376-3500