Putting experienced professionals and exceptional graduates en route to becoming certified teachers

Teach in the classroom setting with confidence

Our program prepares candidates to thrive as working education professionals with a dynamic learning environment that blends online, face-to-face, and asynchronous independent tutorials. Classes meet one evening per week and Saturday or Sunday per month.

Learn from leading teaching professionals

Alternate Route’s course instructors have a wealth of educational expertise, classroom and administrative experience. Drawing from their experiences working in diverse learning environments and Alternate Route’s program requirements, they provide experiential insight, practical teaching and management strategies.

Become a State accredited teacher

The curriculum for the Alternate Route Training is determined by the New Jersey Professional Teacher Standards.  Research-based multimedia and print resources  are embedded into the coursework to deliver candidates with the training and skills they need. Course assignments are job-embedded and typically require candidates to plan and teach lessons, reflect on implementation and revise instruction for improved results. At the end of the Alternate Route program candidates will be fully prepared to teach in the classroom setting.

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Georgianne Tomkins, West Side High School-Newark

This course has been very helpful in allowing me as a new teacher to feel less isolated. It is good to have the support and interaction of others teachers who are experiencing similar situations. Likewise it is encouraging to learn from and have access to the wisdom and insight of a veteran educator, Dr. Hall. There is certainly a nice balance of the two. The conference was a nice way for me to have the opportunity to have professional development in areas which interested me, but weren’t part of the normal curriculum. I would take advantage of others opportunities such as this if they became available.

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Georgianne Tomkins, West Side High School-Newark

This course has been very helpful in allowing me as a new teacher to feel less isolated. It is good to have the support and interaction of others teachers who are experiencing similar situations. Likewise it is encouraging to learn from and have access to the wisdom and insight of a veteran educator, Dr. Hall. There is certainly a nice balance of the two. The conference was a nice way for me to have the opportunity to have professional development in areas which interested me, but weren’t part of the normal curriculum. I would take advantage of others opportunities such as this if they became available.

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Georgianne Tomkins, West Side High School-Newark

This course has been very helpful in allowing me as a new teacher to feel less isolated. It is good to have the support and interaction of others teachers who are experiencing similar situations. Likewise it is encouraging to learn from and have access to the wisdom and insight of a veteran educator, Dr. Hall. There is certainly a nice balance of the two. The conference was a nice way for me to have the opportunity to have professional development in areas which interested me, but weren’t part of the normal curriculum. I would take advantage of others opportunities such as this if they became available.

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Georgianne Tomkins, West Side High School-Newark

This course has been very helpful in allowing me as a new teacher to feel less isolated. It is good to have the support and interaction of others teachers who are experiencing similar situations. Likewise it is encouraging to learn from and have access to the wisdom and insight of a veteran educator, Dr. Hall. There is certainly a nice balance of the two. The conference was a nice way for me to have the opportunity to have professional development in areas which interested me, but weren’t part of the normal curriculum. I would take advantage of others opportunities such as this if they became available.

As a partner in the New Jersey Provisional Teacher Program Rutgers University’s Center for Effective School Practices works with the New Jersey Department of Education to offer 200 hours of formal instruction to alternate route provisional teachers seeking standard certificates for elementary (K-5), ESL, N-12 subject area and career in technology.

The curriculum for the Alternate Route Training is driven by the New Jersey Professional Teacher Standards and includes a survey of curriculum and assessments, student characteristics and learning styles, theories of motivation, classroom management and organization, and an introduction to current education industry leaders and vocabulary common to educators. Further, the curriculum is supplemented by the facilitated experiences of the regional training center instructors, who in some instances team-teach sessions to offer as broad a perspective possible given the various placement assignments of the teaching candidates.

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