There are three types of substitute teaching permits available in Michigan: the Substitute Permit, the Full Year Permit, and the Emergency Permit. To obtain any of these permits, you must first apply for a substitute teaching position at a Michigan school. If you meet the qualifications, the school district will then submit an application to the Michigan Department of Education on your behalf so that you may obtain the necessary permit to work in the school.
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No experience is required to become a substitute teacher in Michigan. However, preference may be given to applicants who have some experience working with children or youth.
All substitute teachers, regardless of the term of their assignment, must pass a criminal history background check. The Michigan State Police (MSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will conduct investigations into your background. Fingerprints must be taken at one of these LiveScan fingerprinting locations. The Michigan Department of Education will receive the results of your background check and notify the school district of whether or not you should be hired into a substitute teaching position. A permit will not be issued to allow you to substitute without a cleared background check.
Contact the Michigan Department of Education at 517-373-3310 if you have additional questions about substitute teacher permits.
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