Substitute License

One Year or Five Year Substitute Teaching License (New or Renewal)

Please DO NOT apply for this license (new or renewal) unless you have already done the following:

  • Contacted an Ohio School/District in order to complete their employment process for which you will need this license, and
  • Notified the School/District that you will be selecting them to electronically sign your license application.

Failure to complete the steps above will result in your application being declined.

Official transcripts (no photocopies) are required with each application for NEW long-term or short-term substitute license.

Mail all official transcripts to:

Ohio Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 105
Columbus, OH 43215-4183

Current background checks must be on file with the Department of Education for a license to be issued.  For more information about background checks, click here.


A short-term substitute license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree. An individual holding a short-term substitute license may substitute in a given classroom for no more than five consecutive days.


A long-term substitute license may be issued to the holder of a baccalaureate degree who evidences appropriate coursework as follows:

  • Early Childhood - 12 semester hours in professional early childhood education
  • Middle Childhood - 20 semester hours in EACH subject requested                                          
  • Adolescence 7-12 - 20 semester hours in EACH subject requested                                           Note: Integrated areas must evidence an appropriate distribution of coursework                          Example: Integrated science must include coursework in life science, earth science, physics, and chemistry.
  • Intervention Specialist* - 12 semester hours in special education
    *This license may be issued only as a 1-year license, new or renewal. This license requires an additional 6 semester hours in a program leading to licensure in the content area for each renewal requested.
  • Pupil Services Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired - requires the superintendent signature to verify the appplicant is deemed to have the necessary skills to serve in the capacity of educational interpreter.
  • Career-Tech Workforce Development -applicants for initial license must submit a completed CTE-37 form. (Uploaded during online application process)

Apply Online

Using the My Educator Profile Tool, educators can update their demographic data and pay licensure fees online using a credit card.

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Last Modified: 4/3/2014 11:15:14 AM