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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in New Jersey

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Learn how to become a substitute teacher in New Jersey with the following information, including requirements, fingerprinting, application and fees, letters of recommendation, and substitute teacher daily pay rate.

New Jersey Substitute Teacher Requirements

Currently at the time of this article, individual counties are responsible for issuing county substitute certificates and hiring their own substitutes for their district. The State of New Jersey Department of Education does review hiring policies and certifications every three years and adjusts according to the need of the current time. To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of New Jersey you will need at least sixty (60) semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university. Contact the school and school district you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district's application process. You can find a complete listing of New Jersey schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in New Jersey, you will need the following:

  • Sixty (60) semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university
  • Completed application, fees, and supporting documents
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your New Jersey Fingerprint Clearance Card

You may not need a Fingerprint Clearance Card, however it is a good idea to get one. Find out how to obtain your Fingerprint card and background check here.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have at least sixty (60) semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

After determining which school and district you would like to work for, contact them to determine if they are in need of substitute teachers. If so, proceed with their application process. Otherwise, continue visiting school sand districts until you find one with a substitute teaching shortage. Obtain an application from that school. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Some school districts have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the district offices and return them to the same offices when completed.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application to the school and district of your choice, following their hiring procedures.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in New Jersey.

Substitute Teacher Pay in New Jersey

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district and the length of your assignment. In general, a full day of subbing will pay $90 per day, and $45 for a half day. Extended assignments may pay up to $125 per day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in New Jersey

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in New Jersey, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of New Jersey schools districts here.

Resources for Teacher Certification in New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Education
Office of Licensing and Credentials
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ. 08625-0500
(609) 292-2070

Learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by clicking on one of these neighboring states below.


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