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Requirements for Alternate Route Teacher Certification

What Requirements Must I Meet to Pursue the Alternate Route?

First, candidates must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility. Here is what you need for this step:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with at least 30 credits in the subject area in which you wish to teach or 60 Liberal Arts credits for general elementary.  If you wish to teach a specific subject in middle school, you need 15 credits for that subject.
  • 3.0 GPA minimum if you graduated after 9/1/2016.
  • Passing Score on Praxis II Exam for license you seek. This exam is offered by ETS.
  • Pass CORE basic skills assessment offered by ETS
  • Mandated physiology and hygiene test offered at NJDOE County Ed Office.

Once you have your CE, you can look for a teaching position.  Districts will hire you with a CE.  However, you must also complete a state-mandated 50 hour Pre-Professional Course before you can legally teach independently in your classroom.  If you do not yet have your CE you may enroll in the 50 hour PreProfessional Course only

For more information on alternate route teacher certification, contact the NJDOE Office of Certification and Induction at (609) 376-3500.

For information about Praxis or Core Examinations, contact ETS at (609) 771-7395
For information about the Physiology & Hygiene Test, contact your County Office of Education.