Welcome to the homepage for the Alternate-Route 24 hour Pre-service Program at Kean University.  These workshops are open to all who are interested in the teaching profession.  No prerequisites or prior experience is required (for more information, visit our FAQ page).  

The workshop at Kean is held over a three-day weekend period:

Friday evening--4:30pm-8:30pm (4 hours)

Saturday--9am-6pm (8 hours) 

Sunday -- 9am-6pm (8 hours)

Field Observation (4 hours)

Please click through the list of hyperlinks in the column on the left for additional important information.

An Introduction to the Teaching Profession:  A 24 Hour Pre-service Program 

Our 3-day workshop takes place at our main campus in Union, NJ...final details (building location, parking permit etc.) will be sent to you prior to the workshop date. This Pre-service Program is an in-depth overview of teaching. 

We offer both of the 24-hour Preservice Programs: one is specific to grades Pre-K - 3rd grade exclusively, and the other program encompasses all other grade levels and content areas.

Please click on the the hyperlinks to the left for more information--after you read about the required classroom observation, FAQs, and check the Praxis II test requirements, you will find other helpful links.

We recommend that you use an email address other than Yahoo.  Please note that if you use Yahoo mail you should check your spam folder and add our email address to your contact list.

Please note that October & November P-3 workshops are closed at this time. We do keep a waiting list, so if you register for December, you may choose to email Melissa Tomich tomichm@kean.edu and request to be put on a waiting list for an earlier workshop. Please be sure to specify which workshop wait list you'd like to be added to. Wait list applies for K-6/K12 as well. No guarantees.


 November 4-6

P-3 Workshop

P-3 is PreKindergarten through 3rd Grade Only

 All other information is the same as the 24-hour Preservice Program below.  Click on the "Register Now" button below and be sure to choose the P-3 option. Please note that this workshop will only run if 12 participants are registered. Payment is not due until 12 participants sign up.

Payment must be made by MONEY ORDERS ONLY. See payment info during registration process below.

 November 18-20

   for K-6, 5-8, K-12 and Technical

Please click on the hyperlink to the left "Workshop Calendar" for other upcoming workshop dates


To register, please click on the button below.  For other future workshop dates, please click here.  For more information, see the sidebar or you may want to visit our frequently asked questions page.   click here before registering.  (Registration fee is non-refundable)


For those of you who have taken an education course with field observation:

To see if your field observation course qualifies as a substitute for the 24-hour Preservice Program, please scroll down on this NJDOE web page:



OVERVIEW of the Alternate Route Process for K-6 & K-12 Teacher Candidates:

Once you obtain your Certificate of Eligibility, you are able to apply for teaching jobs in public and charter schools. After signing a teaching contract and starting your teaching job, you will be assigned a mentor (a teacher in your building) and you will teach during the day and take classes or courses in the evening and/or Saturdays until you complete the program of 200 hours for K-12 teachers and 290 hours for K-6 teachers.

Click on the link below for: 

New Requirements for Teacher Preparation Program Entry and Teacher Certification

N.J.A.C. 6A: 9-8.1(a) and 6A: 9-10.1(d, g)