• Substitute Teacher


    If you have a Substitute license issued AFTER July 1, 2017, you may qualify for reimbursement of the Substitute license application fee.

    In efforts to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, ISBE offers a reimbursement of the application fee to qualifying applicants. Continue reading below to see if you qualify.

    To qualify...

    • Your Sub issuance date must be later than July 1, 2017
    • You must work at least 10 full school days within one year of your issuance date
    • You must apply for the reimbursement within 18 months of your issuance date

    If you meet these requirements, please print and complete this ISBE .pdf form:
    73-02: Substitute License Fee Refund Request

    Once completed, it must be returned to ISBE by the school or district official. Forms submitted by the applicant will NOT be honored.

    Important links for Substitute License applicants:


    Short-Term Substitute (STS) Teacher Training is required for individuals who want to pursue a Short-Term Substitute teaching license. Applicants for a Short-Term Substitute teaching license must hold an Associate degree or have completed at least 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

    Curriculum, classroom management techniques, school safety, and general district/building operations will be covered during the training. Please join us to start your journey toward becoming a short-term substitute teacher!

    After completion of this training, participants will need to apply for and be granted a valid STS Teaching license with the Illinois State Board of Education. Once an STS license is obtained, the license holder can apply with any public school district statewide for a short-term substitute position. Please visit specific district websites to look for job opportunities. All hiring will be determined by individual school districts.