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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Ohio

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

Ohio Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Ohio you will need to contact the school and school district you wish to work for to gain a sponsorship for licensure through the Ohio Department of Education. You can find a complete listing of Ohio schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Ohio, you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and FBI background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Complete your Ohio BCII and FBI background check

BCII and FBI background checks are performed electronically, and you are encourage by the Ohio Department of Education to check with the school district or ESC to determine where you should go to have your background check completed.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts 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

Since you will need sponsorship from the school district you wish to work for or County Educational Service Center (ESC) in order to gain your substitute license in Ohio, the district will provide all the necessary information and applications for both the district and the application needed to apply with the Ohio Department of Education. If you'd like a sneak peek at the Ohio Department of Education application for substitute teaching, view it here.

Submit Your Application

Complete and submit all applications, along with the $25 application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents back to their appropriate offices.

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 Ohio.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Ohio

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 Ohio classroom. The average rate of pay across the state is anywhere from $75.00 to $100.00 per day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Ohio

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Ohio, 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 Ohio schools districts here.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Ohio Higher Ed

Ohio Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
25 South Front Street, Mail Stop 105
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183
Phone: (614) 466-3593
Fax: (614) 466-1999

As a sub, you may want to consider becoming a teacher, or to learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state, click on one of these neighboring states below.


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