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Clearances & Obtaining a Substitute Teacher Certificate

PLEASE COMPLETE:

Substitute Teaching Application document available here: https://certification.tcnj.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/149/2021/03/SubstituteCredentialApplication.pdf

The Substitute Certificate timeline for processing and issuance is 6-8 weeks by the New Jersey Department of Education.  You may check the status of your application at: https://www20.state.nj.us/DOE_TCIS_ASC/pages/appStatusSearch.jsp

 

****NEW INFORMATION FOR SUBSTITUTE CERTIFICATES****

The State of New Jersey Department of Education has implemented a new substitute credential pathway.

Clearances Required:

Substitute Teacher Credential Pathway 1 (Per N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-7.3):

  1. Have at least 60 credits to apply for a Substitute Teacher Credential
  2. Complete a criminal history background clearance
  3. Select TCNJ (click here for directions/codes) as your sponsoring agency/school and register as a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
  4. Pay administrative fees on the NJDOE Criminal History Website ($11)
  5. Go to the IdentiGO website
    1. schedule an appointment
    2. pay fingerprinting fees ($67.45)
    3. fill out New Jersey Universal Fingerprint Form
  6. Get fingerprinted
  7. Check criminal history status HERE

***As of October 13, 2021:***

Substitute Teacher Credential Pathway 2 (Per P.L. 2021, c.87):

  1. A student may have a completion of 30 semester-hour credits
  2. Credits must be completed at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application
  3. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application
  4. Applicant must be at least 20 years of age
  5. Credential pathway is available until June 30, 2023
  6. Credential is valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance

** If you have already been fingerprinted, but selected COLLEGE STUDENT or VOLUNTEER, you will have to fingerprint again as a SUBSTITUTE TEACHER**

If you only want clearances, without the Substitute Certification, COMPLETE STEPS #2-7 above.

Substitute Certificate CANDIDATES MUST:

Request your official transcript through PAWS.  You MUST request to have your official transcript electronically sent to:   certification@tcnj.edu

***New Instructions for Substitute Certificate Applications***

REGISTER AND PAY THROUGH STATE OF NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE

REGISTER, PAY and receive your TRACKING NUMBER online in the NEW NJEDCERT PLATFORM UNDER SUBSTITUTE CREDENTIAL  and FOLLOW THE NEW INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY THE NJDOE ON HOW TO PAY THE  $125.00 application fee.   This process is the FEE PROCESS ONLY, not the physical Substitute Certificate Application.

THIS CONCLUDES THE NJDOE PORTION OF THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHING FEE PROCESS!

PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION BELOW:

SUBSTITUTE TEACHING APPLICATION document available here: https://certification.tcnj.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/149/2021/03/SubstituteCredentialApplication.pdf

Upon completion of the online registration fee of $125.00, Applicants should include the individual Tracking Number on the substitute certificate application.   Students may email, mail, or drop off the application and other required documentation to TCNJ at:

TCNJ Certification Office
Education Bldg. Rm 106,
Attention:  Jennifer Pirone
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

  1. Substitute certification application and tracking number
  2. Approved criminal history background form
  3. Request official electronic transcript to certification@tcnj.edu

When you apply for a substitute certification through TCNJ, it is valid at any public or charter school in the state of New Jersey and eligible for five years from the date of issuance.

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