Substitute Credentials' Procedures

Application packets for a substitute credential are available at your local school district administration office where you are seeking employment.  Substitute credentials are valid for 5 years anywhere in the State of New Jersey.  You may register with as many districts as you choose once you are issued a credential and each district school board would need to approve you.  Fees for the credentials cannot be older than 30 days, regardless of the type of payment, please refrain from submitting payment until your packet is ready to be submitted to a local school district. 

  • Note: A substitute credential is not needed for persons who hold a New Jersey standard Instructional, Educational Service or Administrative license, Certificate of Eligibility (CE), or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS).  

Required Items

Substitute Teacher's Credential

For issuance of a Substitute Teacher's Credential, the following items should be submitted to the local school district where applicants seek employment:

  1. Substitute Credential Application Form (revised October 2014)
  2. Oath of Allegiance/Verification of Accuracy Form with signature notarized
  3. Official transcripts containing a minimum of 60 semester-hour credits completed at a regionally accredited college
  4. Certified check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Education" in the amount of $125 dated within 30 days of turning in a completed packet
  5. Criminal history qualification letter from the Department of Education - The local school district will provide information for completing the criminal history review process

Career & Technical Education Credential

For issuance of a Career and Technical Education Credential, the following items should be submitted to the local school district where applicants seek employment:

  1. Substitute Credential Application Form (revised October 2014)
  2. Oath of Allegiance/Verification of Accuracy Form with signature notarized
  3. Experience statement from employer documenting two years of full-time work experience within the past five years in the appropriate career cluster or valid New Jersey State occupational license
  4. Certified check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Education" in the amount of $125
  5. Criminal history qualification letter from the Department of Education - The local school district will provide information for completing the criminal history review process

Substitute School Nurse / Non-instructional Credential

For issuance of a Substitute School Nurse/Non-instructional Credential the following items should be submitted to the local school district where applicants seek employment:

  1. Substitute Credential Application Form (revised October 2014) 
  2. Oath of Allegiance/Verification of Accuracy Form with signature notarized
  3. Copy of R.N. License for the State of New Jersey
  4. Certified check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Education" in the amount of $125
  5. Criminal history qualification letter from the Department of Education - The local school district will provide information for completing the criminal history review process

Duplicate Credential

For issuance of a duplicate credential, the following items should be submitted to a local school district or mailed directly to this office:

  1. Substitute Credential Application Form (revised October 2014)
  2. Duplicate Substitute Credential Request Form with three forms of identification as noted on the form including the mandatory photocopy of applicant's social security card
  3. Certified check or money order payable to "Commissioner of Education" in the amount of $60

For Duplicate Request only mail to:
State Department of Education
Gloucester County Office
115 Budd Boulevard
West Deptford, NJ 08096

View the Duplicate License Request Form (PDF). Please call 856-686-8381 with any questions or inquires.