Pennsylvania Substitute Teaching License

pennsylvania

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.
education

Education Requirements

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

usc teaching
experience

Experience

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

history

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.

contact

Contact Information

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

Info to Explore

Terminology and Specifics

Recent News

The Many Roads to Becoming a Spelling Bee Champion

Posted on 17 July 2018 | 12:20 pm

At age 13, our son Aren can’t cross the street by himself, or eat without dropping food all over the floor. He struggles with reading and has difficulty following simple instructions. He also ...

#RethinkSchool: Rural District Embraces the 3 E’s to Advance Student-centered Vision

Posted on 12 July 2018 | 7:51 am

Superintendent Kirk Koennecke smiles as he recounts how his rural school district’s connection with the Lean Six Sigma business process began, as a way to offer new learning options and provide ...

Student Chefs Are Cooking Up Change at ED

Posted on 10 July 2018 | 1:02 pm

Recently, student chefs from six cities across the country were at the Department of Education to participate in the Cooking up Change National Finals. These talented students earned their way by ...