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This page provides the licensure requirements to obtain a substitute or short-term substitute teaching license in Illinois. ​

 Substitute License

Requirements

  1. Must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Valid for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12

*Notes: 

If I hold a valid Professional Educator License, Educator License with Stipulations or Paraprofessional License, am I qualified to be a substitute teacher?

If you hold a valid professional educator license, educator license with stipulations or paraprofessional license and hold a bachelor’s degree, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher. You do not need to hold a substitute teaching license.

Can I obtain a substitute license if my PEL is lapsed?

Yes.​

 Short Term Substitute License

Requirements

  1. Must hold an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or show completion of 60 semester hours of coursework.
*Notes: 
  • Valid for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12.
  • Short-Term Substitute licenses are valid until June 30, 2023, and may not be renewed. 
  • Cannot teach more than 5 consecutive days per licensed teacher.
  • Must complete a training program provided by the school board.​
  • Can​ serve as a Paraprofessional​.
  • Coursework must be at the 100-level or higher fro​m a regionally accredited college or university.
  • How to Become a Substitute Teacher?PDF Document​​​

 Short-Term Substitute Training

​All districts utilizing short-term substitute teachers must provide the teachers with a training prior to employment. Below are sample trainings and resources developed jointly by IARSS, IFT, and IEA that districts may utilize or use as samples when developing their own training.

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