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Bridge Course

Cost: $25

The purpose of this course is to help 24-Hour course completers and transfer candidates from other providers obtain an initial VOPC required for teacher certification in New Jersey.  This course is conducted as a laboratory course under the supervision of the CE-provider program.  Candidates must deliver a planned lesson using required template; submit a lesson reflection form provided by our program; and complete an interactive field experience log.  Requests for certificate upgrades are reviewed on an ongoing-basis, and candidates may enroll at anytime.

CTE or P-3 Endorsement seekers ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this course. Please consult the NJDOE's endorsement codes (link is external) to help you determine your eligibility for our program.

Candidates must pay a nominal $25 upgrade fee which defrays the cost of reviewing submissions and issuing the initial Verification of Program Completion form.

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 24-Hour Bridge Course 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

NOTE: As of July 1, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for Certificate of Eligibility (CE) applicants.  Candidates who do not meet the 3.0 minimum GPA should not enroll in this course, as they will be ineligible for a CE.  However, if you currently hold a CE and need this course as part of your 50-Hour Pre-professional requirement, you may enroll as the 3.0 minimum GPA does NOT apply to you.