Substitute License

All College of Education Clinical Interns need to apply for and acquire a substitute license to be prepared for ALL field work as part of the teacher preparation program.

Having a substitute license is necessary for the following reasons:

  • Most school districts require a substitute license and/or a criminal history background check which is part of the substitute license application process, for all clinical interns participating in any field work that includes interaction with students. If you are not able to provide a criminal history background report and/or substitute license to the school district upon request, the school district has the right to ask you to leave and deny the placement. This includes but is not limited to in-school courses (CIEE 3120 and CIEE 3290), observations (CIED 2070, SMAT 5100, CMAT 5070), clinical experience (CIEC 2000, CISE 4110, 4120, 4130, 4140, 4170, 4180, 4190, SPC 3550, SPC 6750,  MUSI 3290, PETC 3970, PETC 3980) and clinical practice I and II.
  • A substitute license affords students the opportunity to substitute teach to gain valuable teaching experience, as well as build your resume.
  • A substitute license also affords students the opportunity to accept a permanent substitute teaching position in a district following clinical practice before your certification arrives. Many times this leads to a full-time position.

When do I apply for a substitute license?
You should begin the application process as soon as you have completed 30 credits. The whole process can take up to 6 months. 

How do I apply for a substitute license and what is involved?

  • You may contact and apply for substitute license through your local school district. Schools will only do this is you plan to substitute. The Office of Field Experiences also offers substitute workshops every semester through which you may apply for a substitute license (Passaic County). Please see the OFE calendar for dates and times.
  • Directions for Applying for a NJDOE Substitute Teaching Credential
    Video Tutorial for Applying for a a NJDOE Substitute Credential
  • As part of the substitute license application you must:
    • Have a current Mantoux test (valid for one year). A Mantoux test is required by anyone employed by or acting as a volunteer in a school. The Mantoux test checks for tuberculosis and takes only a minute or two at a doctor’s office or on campus at the Health Center for a nominal fee.
    • Complete a NJDOE criminal history background check. All required information on this finger printing process is included in any substitute license application.
    • Criminal History Background Check

      Overview Video Tutorial

      How do I complete a NJ DOE Criminal History Review using the William Paterson University identification code?

      • New Applicant Request: Follow the directions these directions for being fingerprinted using WP reporting codes: County Code: 31, District Code: 7310, School Code 001.
      1. If you have been fingerprinted for the NJ DOE for a school position other than a bus driver or substitute teacher
      • Archive your fingerprints using these directions using WP reporting codes: County Code: 31, District Code: 7310, School Code 001. 
      1. If you have been fingerprinted for the NJ DOE for a bus driver or substitute teacher school
      • Transfer your fingerprints using these directions using WP reporting codes: County Code: 31, District Code: 7310, School Code 001.

      How do I get my Criminal History Review results?
      Applicant Approval Employment History: Print out the Employee Approval Form, the result of the Criminal History Review.

      If you have never been fingerprinted for the NJ DOE (for a school position including substitute, bus driver, aide, coach etc.)

What do I do with my Mantoux test results, criminal history report and substitute license?

  • Make multiple copies of each document.
  • Create a Teaching Profession file to keep all original documents.
  • Provide a copy of your criminal history report to the instructor of any course that requires in –school work or tutoring.
  • Upload copies of Mantoux test results, criminal history report and substitute license to the Office of Field Experience at least three months prior to beginning any clinical using the clinical application portal.
  • Provide a copy of your Mantoux test results, criminal history report and substitute license to the school in which you are placed.

** William Paterson University, College of Education or the Office of Field Experiences does not accept, process or issue substitute licenses.