Kentucky Substitute Teaching License


The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board issues Substitute Teaching Certificates to qualified applicants.


Education Requirements

You must hold a Statement of Eligibility for a Kentucky teaching certificate in order to receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate. This means that you have at least a bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 total GPA and have graduated from a Kentucky teacher preparation program (including a student teacher internship). You also may receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate if you previously held a Kentucky teaching certificate.

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



Completion of a student teaching internship is necessary to receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate.


Criminal History Background Check

Before a Kentucky school district will hire you as a substitute teacher, you must pass a criminal history background check. The Administrative Office of the Courts usually conducts this. For more information, contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at AOC Records Unit, 100 Millcreek Park, Frankfort, KY 40601 or by phone at 800-928-6381.


Additional Information

The Substitute Teaching Certificate allows you only to serve as a substitute teacher and not as a part-time teacher. If you wish to apply for an Emergency Substitute Teacher certificate, contact your local school district. You may apply for this if you hold a bachelor’s degree.


Document and Application Requirements

Use the application form listed here to apply for a Substitute Teaching Certificate. Make sure your employer fills out Section II to verify your experience. Attach transcripts if you completed your teacher preparation program in another state, and a $15 application fee. Mail all of this information to Division of Certification, Education Professional Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.


Contact Information

For information on Emergency Substitute Certification, contact your local school district.

Contact the Division of Certification for information on Substitute Teaching Certification, at 502- 564-4606.