Substitute License

The Ohio Department of Education issues one-year and five-year substitute teaching licenses to applicants who meet qualifications and who have been hired to serve in schools or school districts. 

Preliminary Steps for First-time or Renewal of Licenses

  • Contact a school, district or educational service center. Please DO NOT apply for this license (new or renewal) through the Department's online system until you have completed the two steps below; otherwise, your application will be declined. You must:
    • Complete the employment process at the Ohio school, district or educational service center for which you are interested in serving as a substitute teacher.
    • Notify the employing organization that you will be selecting it as you apply online; the organization's e-signer will need to electronically sign your license application. 
  • Learn more before applying. Whether you are applying for a first-time license or a renewal, please review the About Substitute License Types section below.
  • Do you have a current background check? You must have current background checks on file with the Department. Please click here for more information.
  • Review the Complete list of License Types and Teaching Field Codes for Substitute Licenses here.
  • Do you need a transcript sent? If you are applying for a NEW long-term or short-term substitute license, you will need to have your official transcript (no photocopies) reflecting your bachelor's degree conferred (and completed coursework requirements, if applicable). Please be prepared to scan and upload your original, official transcript in PDF format only during the online application process. We cannot accept grade reports, photos/photocopies of transcripts or unofficial transcripts. Before uploading your transcripts, please see the following requirements:
    • Confer date of bachelor's degree must be visible.
    • Include all pages of transcript (front and back).
    • Registrar's signature and transcript key/guide must be visible.
    • Create one PDF file per transcript (do not upload pages separately).
    • Upload transcripts from multiple universities separately (i.e. each transcript should be one PDF file).
  • Did you complete your degree outside the United States? If you completed college coursework outside the United States, please submit a course-by-course analysis from an approved international credential evaluation service. List of approved organizations

Note: A teacher who has an expired educator license but wishes to teach in the same area of the previous license will not need to provide transcript(s). 

About Substitute License Types 

Short-term substitute license

If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, you may apply for a short term substitute teaching license. You may teach in a given classroom for no more than 60 (school) days during the current school year under a short-term substitute license. For periods longer than 60 (school) days, an individual with a long-term substitute license must be employed.

Long-term substitute license

If you have a bachelor's degree and completed content area coursework through an accredited institution of higher education, you  may apply for a long term substitute teaching license. The content area coursework requirements are as follows:

  • Early Childhood (PreK to Grade 3) – 12 semester hours in professional early childhood education.
  • Middle Childhood (Grades 4-9) – 20 semester hours in EACH subject requested.
  • Adolescence to Young Adult (Grades 7-12) – 20 semester hours in EACH subject requested.
  • Multi-Age (PreK to Grade 12) – 20 semester hours in EACH subject requested. 
  • Licenses in integrated content areas – you must have completed an appropriate distribution of coursework. Example: for a license in integrated science, you must have completed coursework in life science, earth science, physics and chemistry. 
  • Intervention Specialist (either PreK to Grade 12 or K-12, depending upon specific area) – 12 semester hours in special education. This license is only available as a one-year license, new or renewal. You must complete an additional six semester hours in a program leading to intervention specialist licensure since the issue date of the license to renew.
  • Pupil Services Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired – the district e-signer must verify with his or her electronic signature in the online license system that you have the necessary skills to serve in the capacity of educational interpreter.
  • Career-Tech Workforce Development – The district e-signer must verify with his or her electronic signature in the online license system that you have the necessary skills and/or education to serve in the teaching field requested.

Note: License areas are outlined in Ohio Revised Code 3301-23-44 (D) (2) (a) through (e)

Application Instructions

  • Access your SAFE account.
  • Click ODE.CORE.
  • Complete the online application from your Dashboard.
  • See the CORE User Manual for complete instructions.

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Last Modified: 11/19/2018 1:16:15 PM