Substitute Application

Ridgewood Public Schools Substitute Process

Welcome to Ridgewood Public Schools.  We look forward to having you on our team as a substitute.  To expedite the process please follow the steps below. All required documents are contained within the links.

New Applicants:  (If you already have a substitute certificate or a New Jersey Teaching Certificate, skip to Step 3.)

STEP 1:  
Obtain Substitute Teacher/Nurse Certificate - Click Here to complete the Application, Oath of Allegiance and pay the Fee by credit card.  

STEP 2:  Once you have completed Step 1, please do the following:
Send your certification request email to  It should contain your Name and Tracking Number.  Request an official and original college Transcript (minimum of 60 credits) in a sealed envelope.
Complete the Criminal History Review - Click Here  
Send the Transcript and Criminal History Review receipt to Donna Gathright at the mail/drop off address below.

STEP 3:  
Complete All Required Ridgewood Substitute Documents - Click Here
(Once you complete these documents, please mail, drop off or email them to Donna Gathright)

mail/drop off:  49 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ  07450
phone: 201-670-2700 ext. 10542