TEACHING PERFORMANCE CENTER
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
HENNINGS HALL 215 - UNION, NJ 07083
Telephone (908) 737-3790 - Fax (908) 737-3795
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)