Are you looking to enjoy the flexibility of substitute teaching but not sure which type of certification you’ll need in New Jersey?
Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of all the NJ substitute teacher certifications for you.
Generally, charter and public schools in New Jersey require you to have a substitute teaching certification before you start subbing. Some private schools and teaching assistant positions won’t check for it. Even so, getting your NJ substitute teaching certification allows you to apply for substitute positions anywhere from Newark to Salem.
Getting certified as a substitute teacher is simple. Since the state of New Jersey has no basic skills requirement, all you need to do is apply online and pass a background check.
(Pst! Already prepared to start teaching?)
Before you begin applying, identify what certificate you need. This chart summarizes requirements and the length of teaching days for each credential.
|Proof of prior experience
|Service Limit (in same class per school year)
|60-Credit Instructional Substitute Credential
|Complete 60+ semester-hour credits at a nationally accredited college or university
|20 instructional days
|30-Credit Instructional Substitute Credential
|Complete 30+ semester-hour credits at a nationally accredited college or university AND currently enrolled at university
|20 instructional days
|Career and Technical Education Substitute Credential
|Evidence of 2 years of full-time work experience within the past 5 years in the appropriate career cluster; experience statement
|40 instructional days
Let’s further explore the differences between New Jersey’s substitute credentials.
This is the substitute teacher credential that Scoot Education typically asks for when we hire subs. If you’ve graduated from an accredited 4-year college or university, apply for this NJ substitute teacher certification regardless of your level of experience.
If you’re interested in this particular substitute teacher license in New Jersey, read our step-by-step article on how to become a substitute teacher in New Jersey.
This credential is almost exactly the same as the one above. The only difference is in the amount of credits you’ve completed. If you’re a student still studying to receive your Bachelor’s or higher degree, apply for this teaching credential.
It’s a perfect way for you to get teaching experience in tandem with your studies. Keep in mind, you don’t need to be pursuing an education-related degree to qualify for this certification.
This credential is for subs looking to teach Career Technical Education (CTE) classes. CTE prepares students with the academic and technical skills for a wide range of occupations. Apply for this certification if you have valid work experience in your career cluster of interest.
All prospective substitute teachers must apply for a credential on NJEDCert.
On NJEDCert, you’ll need to complete the background questions and the oath of allegiance. The oath of allegiance is a form with questions regarding your criminal history and any prior misconduct as a teacher.
Next, you’ll submit the application and pay the $125 processing fee. It takes 6-8 weeks for your credential to be processed and issued. Be sure to check your account periodically to view the status of your application.
For more information on how to apply, read our step-by-step guide on how to become a substitute teacher in New Jersey.
Getting a substitute teaching certification in New Jersey is super easy with an agency like Scoot Education. We’ll help you streamline the application process!