The Substitute Teaching License is issued through the ODE to qualified individuals at the request of a school district. The license is available for five years and may be renewed upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of the employing school district. A substitute teaching license may be issued to qualified individuals. Such licenses shall be designated as short–term substitute licenses or long–term substitute license.
Short–term substitute license: A short–term license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree. An individual holding a short–term license may teach in a given classroom for no more than five days; for periods longer than five days, an individual with a long–term substitute license must be employed.
Long–term substitute license: A long–term license, valid for the area listed on the license, may be issued as follows:
(a) An early childhood long–term substitute license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree who evidences twelve semester hours in professional education leading to an early childhood license.
(b) A middle–childhood, adolescence to young adult, or multi–age long–term substitute license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree who evidences twenty semester hours in the subject field for which licensure is sought.
(c) A substitute career–technical teaching license may be issued to an individual who is deemed to hold the appropriate education and experience based upon a review of such credentials using criteria established by the Ohio Department of Education
(d) A substitute license for interpreter for the hearing impaired may be issued to an individual who is deemed to have the necessary skills to serve in the capacity of educational interpreter
(e) A one–year intervention specialist long–term substitute teaching license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree who evidences twelve semester hours in special education. The license may be renewed upon completion of six semester hours in an approved program leading to an intervention specialist license.
Renewal of a substitute teaching license: A one–year or five–year substitute teaching license may be renewed on the recommendation of the superintendent of the employing district. The one–year intervention specialist long-term substitute license renewal shall require six semester hours in an approved program leading to an intervention specialist license.
Download the license: Substitute Teaching License Application
Information on this page has been obtained through the Ohio Department of Education. Please contact the Office of Certification and Licensure at 614-466-3593 or visit ODE online at www.ode.state.oh.us for further information.