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Instructions for County Substitute Certification Issuance

  • Applicants holding lifetime New Jersey instructional certificates may substitute without applying for a Substitute certificate. This also applies to applicants holding Certificates of Eligibility with Advanced Standing and Certificates of Eligibility.

How do I apply for substitute certification?

  • All forms can be obtained at your local board of education office.

  • For substitute certification, 60 semester hours of college credits are required.
    • To substitute as a School Nurse, a copy of a RN license is required;
    • To substitute as a School Nurse/Teacher a copy of RN license and 60 semester hours of college credits are required.
    • To substitute at a Vocational H.S., in lieu of college credits, 2 years work experience in the field is evaluated.
  • Fingerprinting and a criminal background check are required.
  • Completed forms are returned to the local board of education office for district superintendent's signature.
  • District will forward completed forms to the County Superintendent's Office for review and approval.
  • Upon approval, a Substitute Certificate will be issued and mailed to the local board of education.

County Contact: Raksha Parikh, 732-249-2900 press 1 + X 3564