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Alternate Route Teacher Training Program

The New Jersey Department of Education offers an Alternative Route to Teaching pathway for career changers, recent college graduates and substitute teachers who wish to pursue a career in education. This fast-tracked teacher certification process helps those who wish to become a certified teacher in New Jersey but have not completed a teacher preparation program at a college or university. Through this process, a candidate can work toward their standard teaching certification, while being paid as a full-time teacher of record. As an approved CE Educator Preparation Program, Monmouth University offers the following options for Alternate Route candidates.

Monmouth University has been a proud CE Educator Preparation Program for over a decade and to date has serviced thousands of prospective teachers. We take great pride in our mission and strive to provide a service that is convenient, personalized, and grounded in experiential learning.

  • Convenient: The 50-Hour Preservice Teacher Training Course and 350-hour Alternate Route Teacher Training Program are offered entirely online and provide a flexible online learning environment that blends virtual class meetings with asynchronous web assignments. Live classes meet bi-weekly via Zoom and candidates complete a series of asynchronous web modules throughout the week. 
  • Personalized: As an Alternate Route team, we pride ourselves on the ability to provide both intensive and personalized support to our candidates both during and after their provisional journey. As a program, we feel it is critical to remain exclusive and intimate. This allows us to (1) be responsive to the individual needs of our candidates (2) tailor our instruction to particular grade bans and content areas and (3) provide targeted support in both small group and one-to-one settings. We also make a concerted effort to remain in touch with our alumni to assist them with questions, concerns, and professional development after their formal training is completed. Connection and personalized attention are at the forefront of everything we do and that certainly doesn’t end with completion of the program.
  • Experiential: Our Alternate Route Teacher Training curriculum is driven by the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers and designed for the purpose of preparing highly competent, reflective teachers who have the content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the needs of diverse populations in their schools and communities. Assignments and performance measures are job-embedded and grounded in best practices in teaching and learning. This includes, but is not limited to planning for instruction, classroom management, student engagement, assessment of/and for learning, differentiated instruction, supporting diverse learners in the classroom, literacy instruction in all content areas, and technology as a tool for learning.

Program Contact

James Falco, Ed.D.

Director, Alternate Route Teacher Training Program

School of Education

Robert E. McAllan Hall, 214