University Launches New Career and Technical Education (CTE) Alternate Route Teacher Program to Meet Growing Demand for Qualified CTE Teachers

-- New two-year pathway to licensure for prospective teachers in career and technical education is offered fully online

For anyone who aspires to become a teacher of career and technical subjects but lacks a degree in education, William Paterson University has launched a new two year, fully online Career and Technical Education Alternate Route Program that will lead to state certification.

This 350-hour, two-year program is offered in a convenient online format, making it accessible for candidates from all areas of New Jersey to attend without traveling to campus. The program offers candidates courses, seminars, and virtual field supervision leading to state certification.

Throughout the program, seminar instructors provide ongoing coaching through virtual observations, opportunities for reflection, and discussion.

New Jersey is currently facing a shortage of career and technical education (CTE) teachers in a wide range of career and technical fields, including automotive mechanics, carpentry, computer science technology, health occupations, electrical trades and more. This program offers a pathway for prospective teachers to fill current and anticipated open positions in these high-need industries.

To apply, candidates must fulfill the 50-hour pre-professional course requirement before being accepted to the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)-approved program.

For full acceptance to this alternate route program, candidates must gain employment as a fulltime CTE Teacher of Record in the area corresponding with their NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility (CE) for Career and Technical Education.


To learn more, contact David Ferrier at or call 973.720.6214.