Attend our virtual information session on Monday, January 8, 7-8 p.m. to learn more about this program and get your questions answered. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

Before beginning the alternate route to teaching process, prospective candidates should review the following websites:

Candidates complete the 50-hour Introduction to Teaching – Preservice course at CCM. After the introduction, the remaining 350 hours are spread across six courses of online learning at Brookdale.  Please contact Brookdale Community College for more information on the following courses.

Processes of Teaching and Learning – Novice level, 90 hours

Deep Learning and Effective Cross Content Applications/Literacy – Intermediate level, 60 hours

Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity – Intermediate level, 50 hours

Assessment –Planning, Instructing, and Assessing – Expert level, 50 hours

edTPA – Expert level, 40 hours

A Community of Practice – Leader level, 60 hours

Students may enter the first of the six Brookdale courses – Process of Teaching and Learning – without a contracted teaching position; however, continued enrollment in the program requires students to have a full-time contract teaching position and enrollment in the NJ Department of Education, Provisional Teacher Program.  Completion of the ART-CC program, along with a passing grade on the edTPA portfolio, will confer the NJDOE CE-VOPC (Continuing Education—Verification of Program Completion). A Standard Certificate will be issued after the candidate successfully teaches for an additional two years.

Concurrently during the preservice phase, candidates should complete the NJDOE requirements to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility to teach. See the NJDOE website for the required documents.

A Provisional Certificate will be issued by the NJDOE through the school district in which the candidate works after the candidate completes the 50 hours of preservice, accepted an offer of employment, confirmed enrollment in an alternate route to teaching program and is enrolled in a district mentoring program.

CCM’s Pre-service Introduction to Teaching meets the entrance requirements of Brookdale Community College and New Jersey City University. For more information on the Alternate Route to Teaching program, please contact Melissa De Sousa Fernandes at or 732-224-1952 or visit the Brookdale Alternate Route website. 


This 50-hour course requires 30 hours of classroom training, 8 hours of observing other NJ certified teachers and 12 hours of direct student contact as a substitute, tutor or after-school program teacher.

*Textbook required; click here for textbook information.

INSTRUCTOR: Robert I. Grundfest, M.Ed.

Mon, Jan 22-Mar 25, 6-9 p.m.


10 sessions: 30 hrs, CEU 3.0

Course: 28521

Cost: $299


Note: this course will be repeated again in April 2024.

Please note: A Certificate of Eligibility is not required to register for the CCM pre-service course.

To enter the 350 hour semester phase of the program a candidate must possess a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the NJ DOE and successfully pass the Praxis II.  Candidates are required to have a contract teaching position as the teacher of record (not a teacher assistant or substitute) and must be enrolled in the Provisional Teacher Process (PTP) to enter the 4 semesters of training.