MCCC to Offer Alternate Route Teacher Certification


After a successful first year, the alternate route teacher certification program will again be offered by Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to prepare teachers for the classroom. Working in partnership with the New Jersey City University (NJCU), "New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey" will begin this summer. An information session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at MCCC’s Conference Center. Call 609-586-4800, ext. 3281 for information or to register.

Program participants will be able to earn 15 graduate credits awarded by NJCU, or they can register as a noncredit, certification-only student. There are three program components, this summer's Pre-Service program (Phase I), the Core program (Phase II) from September through May, and a Capstone Summer Institute in June 2005.

The summer Phase I program requires a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. It will introduce students to the realities of teaching as a career and will focus on needed skills and classroom management. At the end of the summer, participants may continue in Phase II if they are employed as an alternate route teacher, or if they are continuing with the program for graduate credit and have obtained a certificate of eligibility from their county superintendent and have access to a hands-on teaching experience with children.

All aspects of the curriculum will build upon the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree available through NJCU.

For more information or to register for the information session contact MCCC's Division of Corporate and Community Programs, 609-586-4800 ext. 3281 or email

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