Emergency Designated Subjects Career Technical Education
30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit

The Emergency Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Permit for 30-Day Substitute Teaching Service authorizes the holder to serve as a substitute in any classroom in any county in which the permit is registered provided the employing agency has a completed Statement of Need. Such substitute teaching shall be part of a program of technical, trade, or vocational education. However, the holder shall not serve as a substitute for more than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year.

Requirements for Initial Issuance

Applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  1. One of the following requirements must be satisfied:
    1. Possess a high school diploma.
    2. Possess a diploma based on passage of the GED Test.
    3. Possess the foreign equivalent of a high school diploma.

  2. Verification by employer(s) of three years of work experience directly related to an industry sector. One year equals a minimum of 1000 clock hours and the experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. See Terms and Definitions for additional information regarding the experience requirement.

  3. Completed application ( form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed Live Scan receipt (form 41-LS).

  4. Application processing fee.

Requirements for Reissuance

  1. Submit a completed application ( form 41-4) and the appropriate fee directly to the Commission or your employer for each reissuance (each reissuance is valid for one year).

Note: Effective January 1, 2007, holders of the Emergency Designated Subjects Career Technical Education 30-Day Substitute Permit are no longer required to complete professional growth activities, regardless of the issuance date of your credential or the renewal requirements listed on your document.

Terms and Definitions

Work Experience
Verification of work experience means written confirmation of the applicant’s qualifying experience, signed by the applicant’s past or present employer(s) on company letterhead that attests to and/or includes all of the following:

  1. Employer’s name, address, and telephone number.
  2. The working relationship of the person signing the verification to the applicant.
  3. Beginning and ending dates of employment.
  4. Complete description of duties.
  5. A statement as to whether or not the employment was full-time (If employment was less than full-time, an accounting of the number of hours the applicant was employed is required.)

If the applicant was self-employed or if the applicant’s experience was avocational, verification shall include a statement, signed by the applicant under penalty of perjury, detailing the information described in 1–5 above, and must be further substantiated, in writing, by other person(s) having first-hand knowledge of the applicant’s self-employment or avocation, such as the applicant’s accountant, major supplier of goods, or major user of goods or services.

At least one year of the required work experience must be within the last five years, or two years within the last ten years, immediately preceding the issuance of the permit. For the purpose of meeting the recency requirement, any of the following, or a combination of the following, may be cumulated to total 1000 clock hours:

  • Work experience
  • College-level related course work
  • Non-college related course work
  • Occupational internship
  • Vocational teaching experience

Completion of forty-eight (48) semester units of postsecondary vocational training related to an industry sector may be substituted for a maximum of two of the three years of required work experience. The course work must be verified by official transcript and may be made on a pro rata basis up to the two-year maximum.

Additionally, one or more of the following may be used for up to a maximum of two of the three years of required work experience:

  • Possession of an advanced industry certificate related to an industry sector as determined by the Commission.
  • One year of full-time general education teaching experience providing instructional services in preschool or grades K-12 earned in a public or private school of equivalent status.

An individual must have at least one year of actual work experience to qualify for the permit.

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Industry Sectors

This chart is intended to be a guide. Some of the occupations, such as “drafting,” can be applied to more than one Industry Sector. Program sponsors are encouraged to examine the work experience of the individual applying for a credential and determine which Industry Sector best applies. Assignments should be considered in the same way. The most important consideration is the background and the expertise of the individual. Effective September 1, 2014, some Industry Sectors have new titles, while some specific occupations moved into different Industry Sectors. See Coded Correspondence 14-08 for more information.

Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 80025.5.

CL-786  September, 2014
Updated August 18, 2023