- Where are classes held?
Classes for the P-3 Modified Alternate Route, through Montclair State University, are held at the Montclair State University campus as well as at various off campus sites: Neptune, Vineland, Camden, and Pleasantville.
- How do I know where MY class will be held?
Before registering, using the WESS system accessed from Montclair State University's website, you must consult the Course Information Sheet listing all the course information for the particular P-3 program you plan to attend; North Jersey, Central Jersey, or South Jersey. It is critically important that you refer to the Course Information Sheet, which is available through the P-3 Office at Montclair, for students in Northern New Jersey and Central Jersey. For students in Southern New Jersey, the Course Information Sheet is available through the P-3 Office at Cumberland County College.
- How do I register?
All P-3 students must register for classes using the WESS system. If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to the P-3 office or you can access one of the many computer labs on campus.
- How much does the program cost?
The cost, per credit, for the modified alternate route post-baccalaureate program is dependent upon the current Montclair State University tuition rates. Tuition and fees are ultimately the responsibility of the student. Click here for further information.
- What is a C.E.?
A Certificate of Eligibility, or a C.E., is issued to the student who has applied to the State of New Jersey for the document. There is a cumulative average requirement. Please check on the D.O.E. licensing and credentials website for the most current information. The Certificate of Eligibility is just that; it makes a person eligible to seek employment in the public schools in New Jersey. For P-3 Modified Alternate Route students, you should apply for a Pre-School through Grade 3 Certificate of Eligibility. Applications are available through the P-3 office at Montclair State and should be available from your center or from your district board of education.
- What do I do about Mentoring?
Mentoring for the P-3 MAR program student consists of the student being assigned a mentor. The mentor will visit the student's school to observe the student as a teacher for a period of three hours. Mentoring for the P-3 MAR Program is course ECEL 510, Clinical Exp. I. This is the last class that students register for before completing the program. Before students can register for the course a Clinical Application must be filled out and faxed to the office. The form can be obtained by calling the P-3 MAR office. Once the application is received from the student, a permit to the ECEL 510 is approved, and the student can then register for the course.
- What happens if I find that I can't attend a course and the semester has already started?
If, for whatever reason, you decide you can't take a course that you are registered for in a particular semester, you MUST WITHDRAW FROM THE COURSE BY THE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINES STIPULATED BY THE UNIVERSITY CALENDAR OF DATES. You can access this information on the MSU website.
- What do I do after I finish the P-3 classes?
When your P-3 classes are finished, you must call the P-3 Office and request a LETTER OF COMPLETION. When requesting this, please leave your student ID number and your HOME address. You must also request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office at MSU.
- What do I do if I decide I would like to continue my education and enter into MAT program?
If you decide that you would like to APPLY for the Masters of Arts in Teaching program, you MUST apply within two years of completing the P-3 Modified Alternate Route Program. You need to get an application from the Graduate Office and follow all the admission procedures outlined in that application. If you are accepted into the MAT P-3 program, all of the credits from your P-3 Modified Alternate Route Program, providing you received a B or better, will be accepted and counted toward you MAT P-3 program. If you decide you would like to pursue an MAT K-8 K-5 program, approximately 6 credits from you P-3 MAR program will count toward your MAT K-8 K-5. For clarification, before applying for either program, please call the P-3 Office or the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Department.
- How do I pay for the P-3 MAR Program?
There are various ways you can pay for the P-3 MAR Program. You can utilize the payment plan offered by Montclair State University. Please contact the Bursars Office for more information. You can also apply for a Sally Mae Loan or apply for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
*If your question has not been addressed here, please do not hesitate to call the P-3 Office, (973) 655-7490, and we will be happy to try to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.