Welcome to the ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan University

CE Educator Preparation Program

(formally known as alternate route)

The ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan University CE Educator Preparation Program provides CE teacher candidates with experiences and guidance to develop and deliver effective instruction to their students while earning their provisional licensure in New Jersey. The curriculum centers on Universal Design for Learning, High-Leverage Practices, and Relationship-Driven Instruction. ASPIRE Lead Instructors (ALIs) work to help each teacher develop proficiency across the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers through online learning modules, video coaching, Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings and individualized support.  ASPIRE is an online program which offers a 50 Hour Component and a fully supported two-year component with monthly PLC meetings. Before beginning the 50 Hour component all candidates must have their NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility (CE). 

Canididate's First Steps to NJDOE Licensure

Next Steps to NJDOE Licensure

  • After you have obtained your CE, contact ASPIRE to Teach: to enroll in the Pre-Professional 50-Hour Component
  • Once you have completed your 50-Hour Component and have obtained a teaching position in your CE content area, you may continue with the Two-Year Program Component


Pre-Professional Experience 50 Hour Component 

Candidates will engage in the following actives:

  • 20 hours of online modules designed for planning lesson plans and classroom management.
  • 20 hours of clinical experience, including at least 10 hours of planning and delivering instruction via individual or co-teaching module.
  • 10 hours orientation includes: intro to our technology platforms, assessment/survey, program overview, policies, and procedures. Orientations will be scheduled as required.

NOTE: Pursuant to NJDOE guidelines, candidates will be expected to complete the ASPIRE Pre-Professional Experience 50-Hour Component in conjunction with the ASPIRE two-year program once employment has been obtained in CE content area/grade.


Two-Year Program Component

Candidates will engage in a variety of platforms and complete various assignments connected to their work in classrooms and their development as an educator. Signature elements of the program include:

ASPIRE Online Modules/Guided Explorations
  • 15-20 hours/per month
  • Complete learning modules with feedback provided by ALIs
  • One meeting per month
  • Engage in special topics and issues in teaching with other candidates and ALIs 
ASPIRE Video Coaching
  • 2-3 videos/month
  • Reflect on teaching through the ASPIRE Video Coaching Cycle
ASPIRE Formal Monthly Check-In
  • One-on-one meeting
  • Dialogue with ALI at least once a month (more if needed) 


ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan Program Support and Cost

Pre-Professional Experience (50 Hour Component)


Due at time of program acceptance

Two-Year Program Component


Payment options available per year

Technology Fee


Due at time of program acceptance



  • Can you tell me if I qualify to get a CE?
  • Can I apply my 24 Hour Certificate to the new 50 Hour Pre-Service program requirements?
    • The ASPIRE program will evaluate for consideration your previous pre-service experience.
  • How much of the program in online?
    • The ASPIRE program modules are all online and assignments, videos, and check-in with instructors are done through the online PowerSchool and Edthena platforms (15-20 hours per month). There are face-to-face monthly Professional Learning Community meetings (approx. 5 hours) typically held Saturday mornings. 
  • Can I enter the program if I do not have a full time teaching position?
    • You may enter the 50-Hour Pre-Service component if you have your NJDOE Certificate of Eligibility (CE) and have met all ASPIRE application requirements. However, you must have a teaching position (teacher of record) before continuing with the Two-Year component.
  • Does ASPIRE include job placement?
  • Do the same program guidelines apply to candidates teaching in a private school?
    • Yes, CE candidates must meet the same requirements whether teaching in public or NJDOE approved charter/private schools.
  • Will I need to submit and pass a Teacher Performance Evaluation (edTPA) before completion of the program?
    • Yes, the performance assessment is a program completion requirement for all CE candidates. Therefore, the first year of the ASPIRE program is focused on mentoring and guidance for spring submission. According to NJDOE guidelines, all CE holders who begin teaching full time must complete the edTPA assessment.
  • I have a PreK-3 NJDOE CE, can I apply to your program? 
    • Unfortunately, the ASPIRE program is designed to support elementary and secondary teachers only. Please check with NJDOE for a list of providers who support candidates with a PreK-3 Certificate of Eligibility. 

ASPIRE to Teach Contact Information

Questions?  Email:

Ready to apply?  Email: for the application link.


Program Coordinator:

Jenny Murphy

Center for Access, Success & Equity