How to Obtain an Illinois Substitute Teaching Certificate


The certification and licensing of the substitute teachers in Illinois is handled by the regional education board. The requirements for becoming a substitute teacher are not as stringent as they are for becoming a full-time teacher. You won't need to attend classes or further your education as long as you have a bachelor's degree, which is required to receive an Illinois Substitute Teaching Certificate. There are no exceptions to this rule.

  • Determine which substitute teaching certificate you want to obtain. In the state of Illinois, there are three: Early Childhood, Elementary (K through 9) and Secondary (6 to 12). The same application is used for each certificate. Simply make your selection on the bottom of the application. Make your selection wisely; choose an age group that you feel comfortable teaching. Each application is only valid for one certification; you cannot choose multiple certifications on a single application.

  • Download the Illinois Substitute Teacher application number 73-03C (see Resources section). The form contains text boxes, so you can either type the necessary information in on your computer, or print out the form and fill it out with a blue or black pen.

  • Determine the Regional Education Board to which you need to submit the application. See the Resource section to view the full list of offices and the associated areas to determine the right place to send it.

  • Contact the college you attended to request an official transcript. Give the college the address of the Regional Education Board. The board requests that your official transcript come directly from the college.

  • Mail the completed application to the correct Regional Education Board. Contact the board ahead of time. There is a $20 annual fee for your substitute teaching certificate. Some boards may require you to submit this at the time of application. At a minimum, you'll need to include a check or money order for the $30 application fee. Also include your resume.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once your application is accepted, you'll receive the certificate by mail. If you're turned down, you'll receive an explanation.

Related Searches


Promoted By Zergnet



You May Also Like

Related Searches

Check It Out

3 Day-to-Night Outfits for the Work Week

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!