TEACHING PERFORMANCE CENTER

 

KEAN UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

HENNINGS HALL 215 - UNION, NJ 07083

Telephone (908) 737-3790 - Fax (908) 737-3795

Email: tpc@kean.edu

 

How to Apply for a Substitute Teaching Certification

Will I need substitute teaching certification as a pre-professional or a professional intern?

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  Most New Jersey school districts require you to present evidence of substitute teaching certification before accepting a university student for clinical practice.

The process of procuring certification as a NJ substitute teacher will take eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.  Please start this process the semester prior to applying for the pre-professional field experience.

 

What are the requirements to become a substitute teacher?

             There are two major requirements:

         60 college credits earned at Kean University or at any other accredited (two or four year) college/university.

         Fingerprinting and a completed criminal background check that show no felony conviction(s).

Where do I go to start the process to obtain a NJ substitute teacher certificate?

1.      Contact the Board of Education in the town in which you live or the town in which you have been accepted for placement.   Ask for a substitute teacher application and criminal background check forms.

2.      Complete these forms and return the completed forms to the Board of Education from which the forms came.

3.      Important addresses:

Fingerprinting:             Morpho-Track:  1-877-503-5981 (toll free)

           or

                                                                                  www.bioapplicant.com/nj

 

Criminal Background

Check:                                    www.nj.gov/education/educators/crimhist