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Clearances & Obtaining a Substitute Teacher Certificate


  1. Have at least 60 credits to apply for a Substitute Teacher Credential
  2. Complete a criminal history background clearance
  3. Find a sponsoring agency such as TCNJ (directions here)
  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. Verify criminal history status
  8. Deliver documentation to the TCNJ CERTIFICATION OFFICE – rm 106
    1. substitute application
    2. oath of allegiance form
    3. sealed official transcript (ordered through PAWS)
    4. screenshot of approved criminal history status check
    5. $125 check or money order payable to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education