Alternate Route Program
Alternate Route Program at Rowan University
Frank J. Orlando, Co-Director Lynne C. Levy, Co-Director
The New Jersey Alternate Route Program
The New Jersey Alternate Route Program is a
non-traditional teacher preparation program designed for
those individuals with a bachelor's degree, who HAVE NOT
completed a formal teacher preparation program at an
accredited college or university, but wish to obtain the
necessary training to become a New Jersey certified
teacher. You must have a 2.75 GPA
average for graduation after Sept. 1, 2004; 2.50 before that.
This will be changing to 3.0 for those graduating after
In order to be enrolled in the New Jersey Alternate Route Program, an individual must have a Certificate of Eligibility from the State and be employed in a teaching position. To take the Alternate Route classes, the employing school must process an enrollment application for the teacher through the Provisional Teaching Office in Trenton. You, the teacher, must then register with the site you want to attend. There are no stand-alone undergraduate or graduate classes that can be taken to fulfill this program requirement prior to employment in a New Jersey school.
There is a K-12 (Kindergarten - grade 12) program, and a P-3 (Preschool - grade 3) program. Rowan offers the K-12 program. For sites offering the P-3 program, consult the State site.
Enrollment in the Program
The Alternate Route Program is a state
program, not a Rowan program. All applications are processed
through the State. Advisors at Rowan cannot provide
information or assistance. County
Offices of Education can provide some information and
Completing the Alternate Route program requires that a series of identified steps be taken by a prospective applicant in a specified order. Details are identified at this NJ Department of Education website.
After receiving the Certificate of Eligibility, and being employed by a school, you can take the 200 hour program identified below. There are no classes at Rowan that can be taken as alternate route classes.
NEW TEACHERS -- ONCE YOU ARE EMPLOYED, YOUR SCHOOL MUST REGISTER YOU WITH THE PROVISIONAL TEACHING OFFICE IN TRENTON (609-984-6377) FOR YOU TO ATTEND THE 200 HOUR ALTERNATE ROUTE PROGRAM. You then register for the site you want to attend. Read 200 Hour Program below.
Note: the program will be changing in 2017. These links provide information on the new program: