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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: 8:00-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-3:30 p.m.

The Northern Office is closed Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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@www.escco.org with this information so that we may update your file.

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