Steps to become a substitute

Steps to become a substitute


1) Register for and attend an onboarding/orientation (for those seeking substitute teaching positions only)

2) Complete the application for substitute teaching or non-teaching substitute position and create an ESC-COG Substitute Consortium Employment Application. (Click the red "Apply" button in the top, far right corner to begin.)

3) Obtain your Ohio teaching license, substitute license or educational aide permit (Use IRN 046938 for superintendent signature)

4) Complete both your BCI and FBI background checks (If you are not obtaining your background check(s) through the ESC, be sure to have results electronically submitted to the Ohio Department of Education and a copy mailed to the ESC of Central Ohio, ATTN: HR Department, 2080 Citygate Drive, Columbus OH, 43219.).  We do provide the opportunity to complete background checks at the Substitute Onboarding/Orientation.


  • After your application has been received, you will receive an email notification to log in to your ESC Employment Application account (substitute teaching or non-teaching substitute) and complete the required eForm packet
  • Complete Form I-9. Bring acceptable verification document(s) to onboarding/orientation or an ESC office

Then, log in to Public School Works and do the following (user name and password are provided by email after onboarding/orientation):

  • Confirm substitute handbook has been read
  • Complete blood-borne pathogen training
  • Complete job-specific trainings, if necessary

After all of the above steps have been completed, your file will be reviewed by staff and you will be notified by email when your Absence Management account is activated. Absence Management will allow you to select job assignments.