The Kean University Alternate Route program for Teaching English as a Second Language enables candidates to be employed as ESL teachers while they are completing their training in the subject matter of ESL. In order to enter the Alternate Route in ESL, candidates must first obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (CE) from the State. They must then secure a teaching position in a school district. The district is then responsible for providing candidates with the appropriate mentoring and pedagogical training, and for recommending them to the State for certification when they have completed all requirements, including an approved university program.
This program provides to those who hold a CE in ESL the specialized content to complete an Alternate Route certification in ESL. Those who successfully complete all requirements may request a Letter of Completion from Kean, which can be presented by a school district on behalf of a candidate to the State in partial fulfillment of the requirements for ESL certification through the Alternate Route. Kean is not responsible for recommending these students to the State for certification.
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