Pennsylvania Substitute Teaching License

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If you wish to substitute teach in a Pennsylvania school, you must hold a PA teaching certificate. This may be an active or inactive Intern Certificate Level I Certificate, Level II Certificate, or an Emergency Permit. The Emergency Permit is only issued through joint application with a school district, which must verify that they have advertised for a substitute teacher and cannot find a certified, fully qualified applicant. The procedures to obtain an Emergency Permit are outlined below.

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

The length of time in which you can substitute teach is determined by the type of certificate/permit you hold:

  • If you have an emergency permit, you may only substitute teach on a day-to-day basis of no more than 20 days in the same assignment.
  • If you have a Level I or Level II active certificate, you may substitute teach for an unlimited number of days per school year.
  • If you have a Level I or Level II inactive certificate, you may substitute teach for up to 90 days per school year.
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Education Requirements

You must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university to obtain an Emergency Permit.

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Experience

No experience is necessary to obtain an Emergency Permit, but some districts prefer to hire those with some experience in working with children.

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Criminal History Background Check

All applicants for substitute teaching positions in Pennsylvania are subject to three background checks. These include a Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check, a Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, and a Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI).

You will be given instructions on how to proceed with these checks by the school district when you apply for a substitute teaching position.

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Contact Information

For more information on substitute teaching opportunities, contact your local school district.

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