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50-Hour Online Pre-Service Course

Cost: $295
This course satisfies the requirement by the New Jersey Department of Education for prospective teachers seeking a Verification of Program Completion.. The primary goal of the program is to provide the prospective teacher with an overview of the teaching profession, featuring classroom management, lesson planning, and job search strategies.

50 Hour Pre-Service Course Schedule

Prior to registration, a program application form is required. Once your application has been received, you will receive an email with the next steps.* (Please note that it may take up to 48 hours to review your application).

The course is delivered online and also requires 20 hours of clinical education work which includes a four-hour classroom observation in the student's intended area of endorsement, delivery of a guest lesson in a classroom setting, and an interactive field experience.
The class is completely online and asynchronous, which means there is never a set time when you are required to be on line with an instructor. Nevertheless, it should be noted that due dates for course assignments are firm. Candidates complete independent assignments using a Rutgers course management system to which all participants are subscribed prior to the start of class.
The learning modules include:
  • NJ Professional Teaching Standards
  • Teacher Development, Effectiveness & Impact
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom Legal Issues
  • Survey of Instructional and Engagement Strategies
You MUST HOLD a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) OR MEET NJDOE’s CE requirements to enroll in this course.
This course also requires candidates to draft a resume and cover letter suitable for the teaching profession.
CTE or P-3 Endorsement seekers ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this course. Please consult the NJDOE's endorsement codes to help you determine your eligibility for our program.
Please Note: Candidates who register for this course are expected to continue with the Rutgers-CE program for the remainder of the 400-hour course of study. This is not a stand alone course.
*Completing the program application establishes program eligibility and results in conditional acceptance; however, successful completion of the 50-Hour Preservice Class serves as the official admissions entry point. A candidate may earn the following performance ratings based on their assignment quality 4-Excellent 3-Satisfactory 2-Developing 1-Unsatisfactory. Candidates earning 3’s and 4’s automatically advance to Phases 1, 2, and 3 while those earning a 2 or less require employer advocacy in the form of a job offer and/or recommendation for formal admission.