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FAQs

Do I need to attend an onboarding/orientation if I am an experienced teacher and/or substitute?

If you are a retired teacher and have worked in a district that used Frontline Education’s Absence Management app, formerly Aesop, or you are applying for a non-teaching substitute position you may waive the onboarding/orientation requirement.

How do I register for onboarding/orientation?

To register for an onboarding/orientation, please visit Onboarding/Orientation Registration to view upcoming orientation dates.

What level of education is needed to substitute teach?

You must hold a four-year (bachelor) degree to substitute teach. You do not need to have a degree in education, however.

What level of education is required to work as a substitute aide?

You must have a high school diploma or GED in order to obtain your educational aide permit from the Ohio Department of Education and work as a substitute aide. If you would like to work as a substitute in schools that maintain a health clinic you will also need to complete an online course that we provide in the administration of student medication (M-376).

Should I complete the aide permit application if I am a substitute teacher?

No. The substitute teacher license supersedes the aide permit.

Do I need to apply for a substitute teacher license if I am already a licensed teacher in Ohio?

If your teaching credentials are valid for the current school year, there is no need to apply for a long or short term substitute teacher license. Your valid teaching credential supersedes the substitute teacher license.

If I have a teaching license or a long or short term substitute teacher license, must I submit official transcripts?

As a substitute, you may scan and attach your transcripts to your online application, but at this time it is not required.

Where do I get fingerprinted for a background check?

You may be fingerprinted at our offices during walk-in hours or immediately following any substitute onboarding/orientation.  

Central Office hours:

  • Monday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

Northern Office hours:

  • Monday: 8:00-10:00 a.m. & 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00-10:00 a.m. & 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:00-10:00 a.m. 

There is no need for an appointment if you come during these hours.

What is the fee for fingerprinting and background checks?

Cost for both background checks is $55. Fees are payable only by credit card.

  • BCI check (Ohio): $29
  • FBI check (national): $26
When can I expect to be paid?

Employees receive their pay only through direct deposit on the 5th and 20th of each month. If either paydate falls on a holiday or weekend, pay is issued the previous workday.

How do I change my address or name?

Please contact us at substitute@escco.org with this information so that we may update your file.

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