Substitute Teaching

To become a substitute in our school district you must do the following:

  • Complete the substitute application found on the Employment Opportunities page (don't forget to attach your resume).
  • Have either a NJ Teaching Certificate or a valid County Substitute Certificate (this is only required for those who wish to be a Substitute Teacher/Nurse. It is not required to be a Substitute Secretary/Clerk/Aide).
  • Complete the fingerprinting process.
  • Complete the I-9 US Department of Justice form and supply the required identification that is listed on the reverse of the I-9 form.
  • Have a Mantoux test done (this can be done by one of the school nurses in the district)
  • Have an interview with a district administrator
  • Be approved by the Board of Education

If you have a NJ Standard Teaching Certificate, a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, a Certificate of Eligibility or a valid County Substitute Certificate, please bring it with you when you return the completed forms.

Substitute Nurse applicants must apply for a County Substitute Certificate (follow items “A” and “C” below). You do not need to furnish college/university transcripts, but you will need to bring in your current nursing license.

To apply for a County Substitute Certificate you must have a minimum of sixty (60) college/university credits and do the following:

  1. Complete the County Substitute Certification application form (please don't sign this form until you return it to the Personnel Office, since we need two copies with original signatures)
  2. Request that your original college/university transcript(s), indicating at least sixty (60) credits, be sent directly to us at the address shown above
  3. Return a certified check/money order made out to the “NJ Commissioner of Education” in the amount of $125.00 with your completed paperwork

This completed packet will be sent to the Somerset County Superintendent's Office in Somerville, N.J. When this office receives your original County Substitute Certificate, which is valid for five (5) years, back from the county office, we will forward it to you.

Please note that if you have a valid County Substitute Certificate from another county, we are required to submit the original to the Somerset County Superintendent's Office, where it is recorded and returned to you. There is no payment required for this.

Fingerprinting and Criminal History Review - Everyone who serves in a school district must be fingerprinted. Please do the following:

  1. New applicants and current employees transferring districts must now submit the fingerprint clearance authorization form through the online process available on the NJ Dept. of Education web site. You may access the online forms by following the provided link. The fee for this is $10.00 + an additional $1.00 administrative fee paid by credit card. Fingerprinting Link
  2. If you have been fingerprinted by Morpho Trak for the NJ Public School System and this date was after February, 2003 you may archive your fingerprints. The cost to archive your prints is $32.00. You will need your PCN# that was given to you wand hen you were fingerprinted originally. Using the link provided Fingerprinting Link. Go to archive application request and you can perform this requirement online.
  3. If you are archiving your fingerprints, please do not make a Morpho Trak appointment.
  4. Contact Morpho Trak to make an appointment online at www.bioapplicant.com/nj . Please have your forms filled out before making this appointment. The fee for this is $66.50 paid by credit card or electronic check.
  5. Prior to receiving and submitting to us your clearance letter from the state, please submit to the Board of Education office proof that fingerprinting/archiving and your criminal history authorization forms have been completed.

After the Criminal History Review has been completed, you will receive a “clearance” directly from the State of New Jersey.

After you have returned all of the completed forms and the paperwork has been processed by the Personnel Office, you will be contacted by a district administrator to schedule an informal interview. After this interview, your name will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at their monthly meeting. You will receive a letter confirming your approval to serve as a substitute in our district.

Please be advised that you must be tested for TB (mantoux) in order to substitute in this district. If you have had a mantoux test within the past few years and have continuously resided in New Jersey since that test, please bring your certification to one of the school nurse's, who will determine if you need to be tested again.

Please note that all of your completed forms should be returned to the Personnel Office for processing.

Please contact Enea Brotzmant 722-3335 x 4720 if you have any questions.

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