Expanding the Pool of Teachers Policy
The state should provide an alternate route that is free from regulatory obstacles that limit its usage and providers.
Although New Jersey does not limit the usage of its alternate route, it does place restrictions on providers.
New Jersey is commended for having no limitations on the usage of its alternate route with regard to subject, grade or geographic areas.
Although it allows schools districts to provide alternate route programs, the state insists that they partner with New Jersey-approved traditional teacher preparation programs or consult with these institutions in providing training. In the event that an alternate route provider cannot participate in a joint sponsorship with a college or university, the district or consortium may be authorized to provide formal instruction independently or in joint sponsorship with a non-college entity. Also, the specific requirements are articulated in terms of credit hours, effectively precluding non-higher education providers.
http://www.nj.gov/education/educators/license/guide.pdf NJAC 6A:9-8.1(c)
Encourage diversity of alternate route providers.
New Jersey should specifically authorize alternate route programs run by local school districts and nonprofits, as well as institutions of higher education. Districts should be able to provide training without a required partnership with colleges and universities. For example, districts may want to provide training in a specific curriculum, something that most colleges and universities are reluctant to do. A good diversity of providers helps all programs, both university- and non-university-based, to improve.
New Jersey contended that "although P-3, Bilingual, and special education alternate route programs are articulated in terms of credit hours, K-5 and subject area providers offer non-credit instruction and these programs may be offered by districts or specified private agencies."