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Clearances & Obtaining a Substitute Teacher Certificate

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 (directions here) 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. Verify/Print criminal history status
  8. Deliver documentation to the TCNJ CERTIFICATION OFFICE – rm 106
    1. substitute application
    2. oath of allegiance form for subs
    3. sealed official transcript (ordered through PAWS)
    4. print out of approved criminal history status check
    5. $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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