Substitute teaching allows graduate students the opportunity to experience a wide
variety of schools while they are taking classes toward their certificate. You can
begin building a network for the teaching job search, can see different types of
teachers and teaching methods, and earn some money along the way. Many future teachers
also find that substitute teaching allows them to build classroom management skills.
You must have a bachelor's degree to apply for and receive a substitute teaching
certificate in the state of Illinois. All public schools require an Illinois substitute
In the Chicago Public Schools, you will need these documents to apply for a job
as a substitute:
Each suburban district or private school will have its own process for hiring substitute
teachers. Contact them directly for information about their application process.
To apply for a substitute certificate in Suburban Districts, you will need:
Take or mail these documents to the appropriate Illinois State Board of Education
office, as indicated below.
If you apply in person, you will receive a temporary employment authorization, which
you may take to a District and be employed.
If you mail your application for a certificate, you will receive your substitute
certificate in 3-5 weeks.