Urban Secondary Education, C.E.


Our Alternate Route Certificate of Eligibility (CE) Holder teacher certification program is designed to equip new teachers and those interested in teaching to meet the complex opportunities, challenges, and needs of diverse students and urban communities.  The CE is designed for individuals who have not completed a formal teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university but wish to obtain the necessary training to become a New Jersey certified teacher.  

In order to obtain a standard certificate, all novice teachers must complete the Provisional Teacher Process (PTP) where they will be evaluated, supported, mentored, and supervised at their district while working under provisional certificates.  After completion of the PTP, a teacher may be recommended for a standard certificate. The RU-N Urban Education Certificate will partially satisfy the PTP component of teacher preparation.  The remaining requirements are completed by the hiring district.  

This offering is for candidates who are teaching and already have a certificate of eligibility (CE) and need to complete a provisional teacher program.  For anyone who wants to work as a certified teacher they must apply for a certificate, which allows them to be hired. Once hired students can enroll in professional education coursework for two years.  The hiring district will enroll you in the provisional teacher program.  


Our course offerings have an asset-based, justice-oriented approach to language acquisition and pedagogy.  There are eight required courses for the Urban Secondary Education, C.E. Program:

  • Social Foundations of Urban Education (3 credits, 21:300:292)

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (3 credits, 21:300:295)

  • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (3 credits, 26:300:502)

  • Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits, 26:300:539)

  • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom I (3 credits, 26:300:536)

  • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom II (3 credits, 26:300:537)

  • Intersectionality and Teacher Identity (3 credits, 26:300:522)

  • Teacher Inquiry (3 credits, 26:300:550)

For more information, please refer to the advising sheet

Application and Enrollment

The following information is required to gain admission to the Urban Education Teacher Certification Program:

  • Transcripts verifying a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • A Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the New Jersey Department of Education (or other state educational governing body) in one of the following areas: Art, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Technology Education, Theater, any World Languages

  • Employment verification

  • Completed application

For more information please contact postbacc.urbaned@newark.rutgers.edu.