How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Illinois

If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Illinois, the following information will help guide you through the process.

Illinois Substitute Teacher Requirements

In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Illinois, you will need the following"

  • Completed application
  • $75* application fee (upon receiving your certification, there is an additional $40 registration fee for each region you wish to teach in)
  • A bachelor's degree
  • Official Transcripts sent to the Regional Office of Registration for the region you intend to teach in

Get Your Illinois Fingerprint Clearance Card

Although the Illinois State Board of Education does not require you to submit a Fingerprint Clearance Card, some individual schools and school districts may require a Fingerprint Clearance Card in order to gain employment with them.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your official college transcripts, sealed and unopened, showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, download and complete the Substitute Teacher Application Illinois. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee of $75(upon receiving your certification, there is an additional $40 registration fee for each region you wish to teach in; subsequent regions are an additional $40 per region), official sealed transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Some school districts and regions have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the Regional Offices and return them to the same offices when completed. If you happen to hold a teaching certificate in Illinois already, you may apply for additional certificates in Illinois for other regions.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application to the district of your choice. Find your District or Regional Office of Education List of Regional Offices in Illinois to determine which district and region you would like to obtain a certificate in to substitute teach.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Illinois.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Illinois

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Illinois classroom.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Illinois

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Illinois, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of Illinois schools districts here. Also, here is a list of teaching jobs in the State of Illinois.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Illinois State Board of Education
Educator Certification
100 North First Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001
(866) 262-6663 or (217) 782-4321

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