Teacher Pathway for Aspiring Educators

Interested in becoming a certified teacher in New Jersey, but not sure how to get there? Gateway U’s teacher pathway program can help! 

Are you a school leader looking for ways to support your school staff to become certified teachers? Interested school partners can email teacherpathway@gatewayunewark.org to learn more about becoming a Gateway U teacher pathway partner. 

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Earn more

Put yourself on the path to predictably build your income over time. In the 2020-2021 school year, the statewide median starting salary for a teacher is $46,400 and the statewide median salary overall was $72,900.

What you’ll learn

Gateway U supports aspiring teachers to become eligible to enter New Jersey’s Alternate Route to teacher certification by earning a Limited Certificate of Eligibility.

Upon being accepted to the teacher pathway program you become a “teacher apprentice.” During this time, Gateway U will support you to earn a Southern New Hampshire University degree (see: BA in Communications) while working in a school setting.

After completion of SNHU's degree program, you will prepare for the Praxis exams, earn your Limited Certificate of Eligibility, get hired as a teacher, and enter a NJ-approved alternate route educator preparation program (see the full list).

what you'll learn

AA in General Studies

The AA in General Studies is the first step towards earning your BA. This Associate’s degree prepares aspiring educators to be effective contributors in most professional settings, teaching fundamental skills for the workplace.

BA in Communications

Through Gateway U’s partnership with SNHU, you’ll earn a BA in Communications which allows you to earn the 60 liberal arts credits required to earn a K-6 teaching certification in New Jersey. The courses will help you build skills critical for teaching including cross-cultural communication, media literacy and team leadership. 

Praxis Preparation

Through Gateway U’s Praxis support, you’ll take a diagnostic test to understand your strengths and growth areas, familiarize yourself with the test, learn the material, register and take the exams at no cost to you. Gateway U connects teacher apprentices with Praxis preparation supports including curriculum, coaching, and free access to preparation programs like Study.com. 

Earn Your Limited Certificate of Eligibility

Learn how to navigate the NJDOE process to apply for your Limited Certificate of Eligibility, get hired if you are not already connected to a school, and apply to the right alternate route educator preparation program for you.

Support every step of the way

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Transition to teaching

Access hands-on career coaching and resources to help you find a teaching position.

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Personal coach

From tutoring to time management. Your dedicated coach will help you achieve your goals.

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Financial aid

Expert support to help you access financial aid — plus financing options you’ll only find at Gateway U.

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Community of peers

Join a community of aspiring teachers at Gateway U in a cohort model.

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Tools for success

Access our comfortable coworking spaces for you to get work done. Laptop, software, tech support...We’ve got you.

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Built for schools

Our program works around the school day so you can keep your focus where it should be - on your students and their success.


Tuition +fees before aid


per year

3 years

avg. time to completion for supported B.A. degrees

financial aid

Many Gateway U students are eligible for financial aid.

Let's do this

Ready to take the first step?

Schedule a call with a Gateway U advisor to get started.

Frequently asked questions

Are there scholarships and financial aid available?


How much is tuition?


$7,000 in yearly tuition and fees for SNHU’s competency-based education program with wrap-around support services provided by Gateway U. Most students are eligible for federal financial aid. Financial aid covers more than half of tuition for the average student (and can cover up to 98% of tuition).

Can I transfer credits out of the program?


Each institution has its own rules about credit transferability, and so we can't 100% guarantee that the credits you earn in the program will transfer fully to a future institution of your choice.

What are the application requirements?


To apply to one of our SNHU degree programs, students must have a GED or high school diploma.

Is Gateway U a university? Are the SNHU degree programs accredited?

  • Gateway U is not a university. We're proud to offer access to Southern New Hampshire University’s competency-based education programs, combined with our wraparound support services. 
  • Our students graduate from SNHU with an accredited associate or bachelor’s degree in their chosen field. 
  • Southern New Hampshire University (or SNHU) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1932 with more than 3,000 on-campus students, over 150,000 online learners and an alumni network of over 150,000, making it one of the fastest growing universities in the nation.
  • Our university partner SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Regional accreditation is the highest form of accreditation, and credits earned through regionally accredited programs are the most likely to transfer.

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