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All in-person ESC meetings, events, and background check services are postponed or suspended through at least May 29th. Access to ESC offices is limited to essential personnel. Our staff are working remotely and are prepared to assist. Please contact us via email or phone as you normally would and we will respond as soon as possible to provide assistance. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Steps to become a substitute

Steps to become a substitute


1) Register in Eventbrite and complete the onboarding/orientation through Public School Works (for those seeking substitute teaching positions only). Also on Public School Works site you may:

  • Complete the ESC-COG Substitute handbook and test;
  • Complete the blood-borne pathogen training and test;
  • Complete any other required job-specific training, if necessary. 

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.).  


  • 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 Form I-9 verification document(s) to the ESC office. 

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.