Short-Term Substitute Teaching License

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, application must be made in ELIS for issuance of the Short-Term Substitute License.

Important Information:

  • Individuals holding the STS license must attend and maintain evidence of completing the Short-Term Substitute Training prior to substitute teaching.
  • The Short-Term Substitute License is valid for PreK-12.
  • Application fee is $25.
  • Application fee may be refunded within 18 months after teaching 10 days within one year of the license being issued.
  • There is no registration fee for this license.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In order to be placed on the ROE #21 Substitute Listing, Short-Term Substitutes must also have a background check, health exam, and TB test in order to substitute teach.

Requirements for Placement on the ROE#21 Substitute Listing