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Clearances & Obtaining a Substitute Teacher Certificate

***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:

Students need to request an official transcript through PAWS.  You must have the official transcript electronically sent to:  certification@tcnj.edu

TCNJ will be mailing Substitute Certificates to students once issued by the Mercer County Department of Education.   When filling out the application, please enter the mailing address you wish to have your issued Substitute Certificate mailed to.

Once Substitute Application packet is complete, students need to mail completed packets to:

Jennifer Pirone
135 Mirybrook Road
Hamilton, NJ 08690

Please continue to follow instructions below:

When you apply for a substitute certification through TCNJ, it is valid at any public or charter school in the entire 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**

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

Substitute Certificate CANDIDATES MUST

  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
  8. Request your official transcript through PAWS.  You MUST request to have your official transcript electronically sent to:   certification@tcnj.edu 
  9. 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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