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Clearances & Obtaining a Substitute Teacher Certificate

The Substitute Certificate timeline for processing and issuance is 6 weeks by the Mercer County Department of Education.  Once the certificates have been issued, the Certification Office will mail all issued certificates to the students most updated address listed in PAWS.

Clearances Required:

  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

** 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 Teacher Certificate Application Instructions

***PLEASE BE ADVISED***

The Mercer County Department of Education is now accepting Substitute Certificate Applications.  Due to COVID-19, there have been some changes to Instructions:

Substitute Certificate CANDIDATES MUST:

  1. Request your official transcript through PAWS.  You MUST request to have your official transcript electronically sent to:   certification@tcnj.edu 
  2. Mail documentation to:
    Jennifer Pirone
    135 Mirybrook Rd.
    Hamilton, NJ 08690
    1. substitute application
    2. oath of allegiance form for subs
    3. Print out of approved criminal history status check
    4. $125 check or money order payable to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education

When you apply for a substitute certification through TCNJ, it is valid at any public or charter school in the state of New Jersey.

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

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