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Frequently Asked Questions

What level of education is needed to substitute teach?
Recent legislation has made it is possible for those without a post-secondary degree to obtain a substitute teaching license. If you hold a four-year, Bachelor's degree you also are eligible to apply for a multi-age substitute teaching license.

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 educational aide permit application if I am a substitute teacher? 
No. The substitute teacher license supersedes the educational 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.  

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 only available online. This class is required for all new substitutes and those returning to substitute after a break in service of one year or more. 

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 your original identification documents reviewed by an ESC staff member. 

Where do I get fingerprinted for a background check? 

The ESC provides background check services (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 pay date 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 information through the Employee Access Center. This is the same location where employee pay records may be viewed. 


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