ASPIRE to Teach (formerly known as Alternate Route)

ASPIRE to Teach (formerly known as Alternate Route)

Welcome to the ASPIRE to Teach

Certificate of Eligibility Educator Preparation Program

(previously known as alternate route)


We are happy to announce that the program’s registration is now available!

To register, visit ASPIRE Registration and provide payment. Your registration will be reviewed and once your materials are verified, you will be provided authorization to begin the program.


The ASPIRE to Teach - Certificate of Eligibility (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 that 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). 

Candidate's First Steps to NJDOE Teaching Licensure

Next Steps to NJDOE Licensure

  • After you have obtained your CE, contact ASPIRE to Teach: to apply for 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 will 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 of 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 online platforms and complete assignments connected to their work in classrooms and their development as an educator. Signature elements of the program include:

ASPIRE Online Modules/Guided Explorations

  • Average of 20-25 hours/per month
  • Complete learning modules with feedback provided by ALIs


  • One meeting per month
  • Engage with other candidates while learning special topics and issues specific to new teachers

ASPIRE Video Coaching

  • Approximately 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

 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?
    • ASPIRE does not advise students on the NJDOE requirements for obtaining a CE teacher certification through alternate route nor does ASPIRE evaluate student transcripts. Please refer to the NJDOE state website.
  • Can I apply my 24 Hour Certificate to the new 50 Hour Pre-Service program requirements?
    • The ASPIRE program will evaluate for consideration previous pre-service experience.
  • How much of the program is online?
    • All program modules and assignments are delivered online. Our Professional Learning Community (PLC) meets face-to-face monthly, typically Saturday morning.
  • 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) in your content/grade area before continuing with the Two-Year component.
  • Does ASPIRE include job placement?
    • Alternative candidates are required to seek their own employment. However, Rowan University College of Education often shares openings through their Facebook page.
  • 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.


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