Illinois Substitute Teaching License

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The Illinois Department of Education issues Substitute Teaching Certificates to those who wish to substitute teach in the state’s public schools.

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Education Requirements

You must have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate. You must submit an official, sealed transcript to your Regional Office of Education with your certification application.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Illinois.

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Experience

No prior teaching experience is required to receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate in Illinois.

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Criminal History Background Check

No criminal history background check is required to receive an Illinois Substitute Teaching Certificate. Once you are hired as a substitute teacher by an Illinois school district, however, you must submit to fingerprinting and a thorough criminal history background check. Instructions on how to proceed will be furnished to you at the time of hire.

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Additional Information

Illinois Substitute Teaching Certificates are valid for four years and will allow you to teach any grade. You may work as a substitute teacher for a maximum of 30 calendar days in a single school district (except the City of Chicago) if there is no certified teacher available. You may only work for a maximum of 90 school days for one certified teacher in one school year. If you have a teaching certificate and are substitute teaching, you may work for a maximum of 120 days for one certified teacher in one school year.

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Contact Information

For more information about substitute teaching, contact your Regional Office of Education.

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