ASPIRE

ASPIRE

Welcome to the ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan University

CE Educator Preparation Program!

(formally known as alternate route)

The ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan University CE Educator Preparation Program provides CE teacher candidates with experiences and guidance to develop and deliver effective instruction to their students while earning their provisional licensure in New Jersey. The curriculum centers on Universal Design for Learning, CREDE’s Standards for Effective Pedagogy, High-Leverage Practices, and Relationship-Driven Instruction. ASPIRE Lead Instructors (ALIs) work to help each teacher develop proficiency across the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers through online learning modules, video coaching, Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings and individualized support.  ASPIRE is an online program which offers a 50 Hour Component, a fully supported two-year component, and monthly PLC meetings.  

First Steps to NJDOE Licensure:

Next Steps to NJDOE Licensure:

  • After you have obtained your CE, contact ASPIRE to Teach: aspiretoteach@rowan.edu to enroll in the Pre-Professional 50 Hour Component
  • Once you have completed your 50 Hour Component and have obtained a teaching position in your CE content area, you may continue with the Two-Year Program Component

 

Pre-Professional Experience 50 Hour Component includes:

Candidates will engage in the following actives:

  • 20 hours of online modules designed for planning lesson plans and classroom management.
  • 20 hours of clinical experience, including at least 10 hours of planning and delivering instruction via individual or co-teaching module.
  • 10 hours orientation includes: intro to our technology platforms, assessment/survey; program overview, policies, and procedures. Orientations will be scheduled as required.

NOTE:  Pursuant to NJDOE guidelines, candidates will be expected to complete the ASPIRE Pre-Professional Experience 50 Hour Component in conjunction with the ASPIRE two-year program once employment has been obtained in CE content area/grade.

 

Two-Year Program Component

Candidates will engage in a variety of platforms and complete various assignments connected to their work in classrooms and their development as an educator. Signature elements of the program include:

ASPIRE Online Modules/Guided Explorations
  • 15-20 hours/per month
  • Complete learning modules with feedback provided by ALIs
ASPIRE PLCs
  • One meeting per month
  • Engage in special topics and issues in teaching with other candidates and ALIs 
ASPIRE Video Coaching
  • 2-3 videos/month
  • Reflect on teaching through the ASPIRE Video Coaching Cycle

ASPIRE Formal Monthly Check-In

  • One-on-one meeting
  • Dialogue with ALI at least once a month (more if needed) 

 

ASPIRE to Teach at Rowan Program Support and Cost

Pre-Professional Experience (50 Hour Component)

$325**

Due at time of program acceptance

Two-Year Program Component

$4,000/year

Payment options available per year

Technology Fee

$250

Due at time of program acceptance

**This may be pro-rated based on candidate needs, background, and experience in teaching

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  • Can you tell me if I qualify to get a CE?
  • Can I apply my 24 Hour Certificate to the new 50 Hour Pre-Service program requirements?
    • The Aspire program will evaluate for consideration your previous pre-service experience.
  • How much of the program in online?
    • The Aspire program modules are all online and assignments, videos, and check-in with instructors are done through the online Haiku and Edthena platforms (15-20 hours per month). There will be face-to-face monthly Professional Learning Community meetings (approx. 5 hours) but exceptions may be granted for synchronized attendance using Zoom or other live online format.
  • Can I enter the program if I do not have a full time teaching position?
    • You may enter the 50 Hour Pre-Service component if you have applied for your CE (PTP) and have met all state requirements. However, you must have a teaching position (teacher of record) before continuing with the Two-Year component.
  • Does Aspire include job placement?
  • Do the same program guidelines apply to candidates teaching in a private school?
    • Yes, CE candidates must meet the same requirements whether teaching in public or private schools.
  • Will I need to submit and pass a Teacher Performance Evaluation (edTPA) before completion of the program?
    • Yes, the performance assessment is a program completion requirement for all CE candidates therefore, the first year of the ASPIRE program is focused on mentoring and guidance for Spring submission. According to NJDOE guidelines, all CE holders who begin teaching full time must complete the edTPA assessment.

Aspire to Teach Contact Information

For additional program information please click here.

Questions?  Email:  aspiretoteach@rowan.edu

Ready to apply?  Email aspiretoteach@rowan.edu for the application link.

 

Program Coordinator:

Jenny Murphy

Center for Access, Success, and Equity