Teacher Education

 



What is New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey? (NPTNJ)

NPTNJ is a partnership between New Jersey City University and Bergen Community College. New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey offers a statewide alternate route teacher preparation program designed to provide candidates with the skills and strategies necessary to become excellent, successful teachers. Candidates take NPTNJ coursework either on campus or as a hybrid program. The program provides a process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) to become licensed teachers without having to complete a traditional teacher training program. The NPTNJ program is regulated and approved by the N.J. Department of Education (DOE).
 
SD 005 Introduction to Teaching: 50-Hour Pre-service Program (Hybrid Course)
This 50 hour course is part of the 400 hours of instruction that is required by the NJDOE in the Provisional Teacher Program (PTP) during the first two years of teaching and is one of the requirements that will lead to a Standard License.
This pre-service course is framed around two critical areas: (1) an overview of and preparation for the skills and tools needed for the teaching profession; and (2) essential attitudes and dispositions needed to maintain poise as novice teachers in diverse communities. The course’s primary intention is to provide a snapshot of teaching. For instance, it addresses concerns related to personal expectations and actualities. Moreover, the course prepares participants to begin their search for a new job. For many, this means understanding what schools are looking for in teachers, recognizing education buzzwords and preparing demonstration lessons. This course is comprised of 50 hours including 30 hours of instruction, 8 hours of classroom observation, and 12 hours of clinical experience.
Collaboration with school districts will provide both a window of opportunity for the candidate and a potential recruitment tool for the district. In addition, 12 hours of clinical work such as tutoring or substitute teaching will offer candidates the opportunity to work with students in an authentic environment.

Required text: Introduction to Teaching 2nd Edition, by Fran Levin (available in the Continuing Education section of the Bergen Community College Bookstore).

To register call 201 447-7488
For additional information contact Andrea Schaffel, Program Supervisor at 201 493-8975 or aschaffel@bergen.edu

SD 005 Introduction to Teaching
3 sessions; 12 hours; $295
Monday; January 6, February 3, February 24, 2020
Hours: 5:00 -9:00 pm
Location: Paramus Campus
Instructor: Sara Gribic

SD 005 Introduction to Teaching
3 sessions; 12 hours; $295
Monday; January 27, February 24, March 16, 2020
Hours: 6:00 -10:00 pm
Location: Paramus Campus
Instructor: George Testa

SD 005 Introduction to Teaching
2 sessions; 12 hours; $295
Saturday; March 7, April 18, 2020
Hours: 9:00am - 3:00 pm
Location: Paramus Campus
Instructor: Joseph Polvere

SD 005 Introduction to Teaching
2 sessions; 12 hours; $295
Monday; April 27, May 18, June 8, 2020
Hours: 6:00 -10:00 pm
Location: Paramus Campus
Instructor: George Testa


Instructor Bio’s

Sara Grbic is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education. She then went on to receive a Master’s in Education from National University. Along with her degrees she has an ESL and Supervisor Certification (K-12). She has been an educator for 16 years- 3 of those in Los Angeles and 13 in Hackensack. She was an Adjunct for the Literacy Department at NJCU and has been with the New Pathways Program for five plus years. Sara enjoys her family and friends during her free time!

Joseph Polvere has been teaching at Bergen since 2007. He has 19 years of experience as an educator in New Jersey at the elementary and secondary levels. Mr. Polvere holds two master's degrees in education and is currently working on an advanced degree in history. He has been named teacher of the year, has trained numerous student teachers, and currently is a teacher of social studies and an instructional coach in Demarest, New Jersey.
George Testa has been a teacher, a public school program administrator and supervisor, and an adjunct professor.
He has been responsible for developing and supervising a multitude of programs funded with federal, state and local funds for public and non public schools. He has been an instructor and advocate for the New Pathways Alternate Route Program for over ten years and has been an adjunct professor at a number of county colleges.

George Testa has been a teacher, a public school program administrator and supervisor, and an adjunct professor.
He has been responsible for developing and supervising a multitude of programs funded with federal, state and local funds for public and non public schools. He has been an instructor and advocate for the New Pathways Alternate Route Program for over ten years and has been an adjunct professor at a number of county colleges.

Helpful information:

https://nj.gov/education/newteacher/

https://nj.gov/education/newteacher/CE.pdf

https://nj.gov/education/license/provprogram.htm#ptp