To begin substitute teaching in New Jersey, you will need the following:
- Sixty (60) semester hours of college credit from an accredited college or university
- Completed application
- Letters of recommendation
Contact the school and district you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district’s application process. Here you can find a complete listing of New Jersey schools districts.
Get Your New Jersey Fingerprint Clearance Card
Here you can find out how to obtain your Fingerprint card and background check.
Obtain Official College Transcripts
You need your official college transcripts, sealed and unopened. Submit your official transcripts with your substitute teacher application.
Letters of Recommendation
Many New Jersey school districts ask you to submit letters of recommendation along with your application for substitute teaching. It is a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation for professionalism and because most school districts will require these recommendations at the time of application.
Complete and Submit Your Application for Certification
Obtain an application from your chosen school district. Complete a substitute teacher application and gather your application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents. 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 to the school and district you chose, following their hiring procedures.
Substitute Teacher Pay in New Jersey
Daily rates for substitute teaching vary by district. A full day ranges from $90 per day, up to $125 per day for extended assignments.
Substitute Teacher Jobs in New Jersey
The best way to find employment is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you’d like to teach. Here you can find a complete listing of New Jersey schools districts.
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