All College of Education Teacher Candidates 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 teacher candidates 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 5120), tutoring (CIRL 3350 and 5110), practicum (CIEC 2000, CIEC 3000, CIEE 3010, CIEE 5170, CISE 3520, CISE 5300, SPC 3550, SPC 5750, SPC 6540, MUSI 3290, MUSI 4290, PETC 3970, PETC 3980) and student teaching (EDUC 4140, 4150, 4190, 5140, 5400).
- 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 student teaching 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 60 credits. The whole process can take up to 6 months. Typically this process begins in an introductory course i.e. CIED 2030, SPC 2550, PETC 3110, and CIEE 5110.
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.
- For TRANSFER students: Apply as soon as you have 60 credits.
- 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 criminal history background check through Morpho Trak. All required information on this finger printing process is included in any substitute license application.
- Complete and submit to the school district with whom you are applying all required documentation which is a part of the application process.
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.
- Provide 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 practicum experience.
- 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.