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"Pathways to Teaching" Offers Alternate Route Training for Teachers

An information session on Middlesex County College's alternate route program will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the college's Edison campus.

Anyone wishing to begin a career in teaching is invited to attend an information session from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Middlesex County College.

"New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey" is a teaching certification program that is open to anyone with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The student must also have maintained a 2.75 GPA while pursuing their degree, and have obtained a Certificate of Eligibility, according to a press release from the college. 

According to the college, the program is run in three parts: a 24 hour "Introduction to Teaching" program that meets four hours a week over six weeks; a 12 session program that entails classroom observations, and a final phase of attending class once a week after having obtained a teaching job in a school district.

“This is an intensive program taking a full year to complete,” said Kimberlee Hooper, director of the Office of School Relations at the college, in a prepared statement. “We are looking for motivated and determined people to participate. But if teaching is something in your blood, something that you really want to do, then this program is for you."

The session is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by calling Laura Norek at (732) 548-6000, ext. 3144, or by emailing lnorek@middlesexcc.edu.

The information session will be held in the Raritan Room of Crabiel Hall. Middlesex County College is located at 2600 Woodbridge Ave. in Edison.

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