Please Note: ESC offices are closed with restricted access through at least January 22, 2021. However, our staff are ready to serve you remotely. Please see our contact page or staff directory to reach ESC staff via email and phone. Our North Office location is still available for background check and fingerprinting services. Thank you. 



Do I need to attend an onboarding/orientation if I am an experienced teacher and/or substitute?
      As of June 2, 2020, our onboarding/orientation class is available online. This is required for all new substitutes and those returning to substitute after a break in service of one year or more. 
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's 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?
      No. As long as you have a valid Ohio teaching license you do not need to apply for a substitute teaching 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. 
What is the procedure for having Form I-9 verification documents reviewed by an ESC staff member?
      After selecting from the approved Form I-9 verification document list, schedule an appointment to have the original verification document reviewed by an ESC staff member. 
Where do I get fingerprinted for a background check?

      ESC of Central Ohio background check services reopened on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Background check and fingerprinting services are currently limited for educational personnel only, regardless of employer. The service is available by appointment only.  


What is the fee for fingerprinting and background checks?

      Cost for both background checks is $58. Fees are payable only by credit card.

  • BCI check (Ohio): $30
  • FBI check (national): $28


When can I expect to be paid as a substitute?


      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 [email protected] with this information so that we may update your file. You may also update personal infromaton through the Employee Access Center. This is the same location where employee pay records may be viewed. 


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