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Day-to-Day Substitute Teaching

WHAT DOES THE 30 DAY SUBSTITUTE PERMIT AUTHORIZE ME TO TEACH?

The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit authorizes you to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, in grades preschool and kindergarten through 12. You may serve as a substitute for no more than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year, except in a special education classroom, where you may serve for no more than 20 days for any one teacher during the school year. Substitute teaching permits may not be used for "service" assignments such as counseling, library, and school nurse.

HOW DO I RENEW MY 30 DAY SUBSTITUTE PERMIT?

Emergency 30-Day Substitute Permits may be renewed online using the button on our home page.

DO I HAVE TO MEET THE BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT TO SERVE AS DAY-TO-DAY SUBSTITUTE?

Yes. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement [PDF], for more information.

I DON'T HAVE MY BACHELOR'S DEGREE YET. CAN I SUBSTITUTE TEACH?

Yes. The Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers may be issued based on the completion of 90 semester units of course work from a regionally-accredited California college or university, verification of current enrollment in a regionally-accredited California college or university, and having satisfied the basic skills requirement [PDF]. Click here [PDF] for additional application information.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY DEGREE IS FROM A REGIONALLY-ACCREDITED COLLEGE?

To determine the accreditation status of any college or university, the Commission uses a publication entitled Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) to verify accreditation. To obtain a copy of this publication, please visit the AIPE website at www.acenet.edu.

The acceptable regional accrediting bodies are:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
www.msche.org

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) (formerly Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or NASC )
www.nwccu.org

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org

New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
www.neasc.org

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACS-CC)
www.sacscoc.org/links.asp

Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior College (WASC-Jr.)
www.wascweb.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-Sr.) www.wascweb.org

HOW LONG CAN I TEACH ON A 30 DAY SUBSTITUTE PERMIT?

You may not serve longer than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year. The 30 days do not have to be consecutive but cannot exceed 30 days for any one teacher. In a special education classroom, you may serve for no more than 20 days for any one teacher during the school year.

CAN I SERVE AS A DAY-TO-DAY SUBSTITUTE ON A CREDENTIAL OTHER THAN A 30 DAY SUBSTITUTE PERMIT?

Yes. Fully credentialed teachers (based on a bachelor's degree, teacher preparation program, and student teaching) may substitute for more than 30 days for any one teacher so long as he/she is serving in the subject area(s) authorized by their credential. However, they may not substitute outside the authorized area for more than 30 days for any one teacher.

ARE THERE OTHER SUBSTITUTE PERMITS BESIDES THE 30 DAY SUBSTITUTE PERMIT?

Yes. The Commission issues two other permits that authorize service as a day-to-day substitute.

The Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, in grades preschool and kindergarten through 12. The holder may serve as a substitute for no more than 30 days for any one teacher and may only serve for a maximum of 90 days during the school year. In a special education classroom the holder may serve for no more than 20 days for any one teacher during the school year. The permit is valid for one year and may be renewed only once. For additional information, click here [PDF].

The Emergency Career Substitute Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, in grades preschool and kindergarten through 12. The holder may serve as a substitute for no more than 60 days for any one teacher during the school year. The holder may serve for only 20 days in a special education classroom. The permit is valid for one year and is renewable. The initial issuance and renewal must be applied for through an employing agency. For additional information, click here [PDF].

HOW DO I RENEW MY PROSPECTIVE SUBSTITUTE PERMIT? CAN I DO IT ONLINE?

The Prospective Substitute Permit is not renewable online. You may submit your application packet directly to CCTC or through your employer.

Renewal applications packet must include all of the following:

  • Official transcripts showing completion of 15 semester units of course work from a regionally-accredited four-year California college or university taken since the issuance date of the previous permit. Extensions of time (appeals) are not available to those who fail to complete their renewal requirements.
  • Verification of continued enrollment in a regionally-accredited four-year California college or university by an original letter from the registrar of the office of admissions, or official transcripts showing current work-in-progress
  • Completed Renewal and Reissuance Application [PDF]
  • Application processing fee [PDF]

HOW DO I RENEW MY CAREER SUBSTITUTE PERMIT? CAN I DO IT ONLINE?

The Career Substitute Permit is not renewable online. You must submit your application for renewal through your employing agency.

Renewal application packets must include all of the following:

  • Completed Renewal and Reissuance Application [PDF]
  • Application processing fee [PDF]
  • Statement of continued endorsement from the superintendent of the employing school district or county office of education
  • Verification that staff development activities offered to regular teaching staff were made available to you

The three years of teaching experience, the availability of staff development activities to the permit holder, and the endorsement from the superintendent may be verified on the Verification of Requirements form [PDF]. Verification of these requirements may also be submitted on letterhead paper if an employing agency chooses not to use the Verification of Requirements form.

CAN I RENEW ONLINE IF I HAVE HAD A CONVICTION?

Yes. During the online renewal process, a page will display titled 'Personal and Professional Fitness'. You must answer all questions on this page. If you answer "yes" to any of the questions, you must type an explanation in the space provided.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH DISTRICTS ARE HIRING SUBSTITUTES?

The Commission does not maintain this type of employment information. Employment is a local level issue. You will need to contact a county office of education or school district in the area where you wish to be employed. Directories may be found on the California Department of Education's website, or use the links provided below.

County Offices of Education Directory

School Districts, Public Schools, Private Schools, Nonpublic/Nonsectarian Schools Directory

WHAT IS THE PAY FOR SUBSTITUTES?

The Commission does not maintain this type of employment information. You will need to contact a county office of education or school district in the area where you wish to be employed to receive information regarding salaries. Directories may be found on the California Department of Education's website, or use the links provided below.

County Offices of Education Directory

School Districts, Public Schools, Private Schools, Nonpublic/Nonsectarian Schools Directory




Updated May 17, 2012