After obtaining an Illinois license (information below), completing the application and onboarding paperwork, and passing a background check, you can be added to our substitute teaching team. We invite you to begin the District 45 application process if you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining the needed license.
Questions? Please contact Brian Graber, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, at [email protected].
If you have or are in the process of obtaining a teaching license, click here to begin the District 45 application process.
If you do not hold a valid Illinois teaching or paraprofessional license but you do have a Bachelor’s degree, you can pursue a regular Substitute License:
Substitute License (SUB)
To apply for the state license, follow the steps in this document.
If you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining a SUB license, click here to begin the District 45 application process.
If you do not hold a Bachelor’s degree, you may be eligible for a Short-Term Substitute License (STS).
Short-Term Substitute License (STS)
If you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining an STS license, click here to begin the District 45 application process.
To view available positions, please visit our hiring website.
Substitutes are able to choose which assignments to accept. While we welcome and encourage substitute teachers to work in a variety of buildings and settings, they are ultimately able to decide if they would like to accept available assignments.
There are no specific District requirements regarding a minimum number of days worked. Substitutes who rarely accept positions will be notified at least annually to confirm their interest in remaining on our list.
The District does not have its own limits regarding substituting, but the state has established parameters for certain individuals. Retired teachers are able to work up to 120 days in a given school year. Substitute teachers with an STS license cannot remain in the same position for the same teacher for longer than 5 consecutive days, though there is no limit to the total number of non-consecutive days that STS substitutes can serve in any position.
Most vacancies are posted to the District’s automated absence system. Substitute teachers can sign up to receive an alert any time a new vacancy is posted or they can check available vacancies as they are interested/available. Some vacancies are posted well in advance, and others become available as same-day positions each morning. Occasionally, District personnel call substitutes to notify them of vacancies as needed.