Substitute Teaching

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 cert


Applying for a Substitute Certificate in Chicago Public Schools

In the Chicago Public Schools, you will need these documents to apply for a job as a substitute:

  • Substitute certificate
  • Official transcript (you will need a second transcript; the State will not return to you the transcript mentioned above)
  • Certified birth record or passport
  • Driver's license or state ID

Take these documents to the Chicago Public Schools Substitute Center 125 S. Clark Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL, and complete an application. Since a background check is involved in the hiring process, it will be up to 6 weeks before you can begin working.


Applying for a Substitute Certificate in Suburban Districts

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:

  • An official transcript with a bachelor's degree posted.
  • Certificate application
  • $50 in fees. Contact the Education Office you're going to and inquire what method(s) of payment they accept.

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.

County
Application Method
Address
Suburban Cook County Mail Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education
10110 Gladstone
Westchester IL 60154
(708) 865-9330 phone
DuPage County In person or mail DuPage County Regional Office of Education
421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187-3999
(630) 682-7150 phone
Lake County In person or mail Lake County Regional Office of Education
800 Lancer Lane
Suite E-128
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-7833 phone
Kane County In person or mail Kane County Regional Office of Education
210 South 6th Street
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-5955 phone
Will County In person or mail Will County Regional Office of Education
302 N. Chicago St
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-8360 phone
McHenry County In person or mail McHenry County Regional Office of Education
2200 North Seminary Avenue (Route 47)
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 334-4475 phone