Short-Term Substitute Teaching License

  • Valid for PreK-12
  • Application fee is $25 (can be refunded within 18 months after teaching 10 days within one year of the license being issued.)
  • No registration fee
  • Associate degree or 60 semester hours from a regionally-accredited college or university required
  • Can teach no more than 5 consecutive days per licensed teacher under contract
  • Must complete the training for short-term subs before teaching on the license:
    • Curriculum
    • Classroom management
    • School safety
    • District/Building operations

    *Statute states that school boards must develop this substitute teacher training program. *ISBE may develop a model program for use.

All licenses shall have an expiration date of June 30, 2023. Thus, depending on issue date, some licenses will have a cycle that is shorter than 5 years. No licenses will be issued after this date.

Individuals applying for the Short-Term Substitute License should do the following:

  1. Create an ELIS account on the ISBE website. (See Create an ELIS account)
  2. Bring or mail official transcripts to one of our ROE offices (Office addresses are available at the bottom of this page). Official Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and should state an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education OR indicate completion of 60 semester hours of coursework.
  3. Call one of our ROE offices to notify us that the transcripts are being sent (Office phone numbers are available at the bottom of this page).
  4. Once transcripts have been uploaded into ELIS, the individual may apply for the Short-Term Substitute License. The fee is $25.00.

**Short-Term Substitutes must also have a background check, health exam and TB test in order to substitute teach**