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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Illinois

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Substitute teaching is a great way to use your degree, even if you aren't planning on working full time. Substitute teaching is a fulfilling career where you get to help children and keep your teacher's license active. It's also a great way to bring in some extra money during tougher times. If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, there is a process to be followed in order to become active and considerable in Illinois.

Request a Substitute Teacher Applicant Package from the Illinois State Board of Education. This package has all of the forms that you'll need to fill out in order to get your Substitute Teaching License.

Make sure you have an Illinois State Teaching Certificate. You'll need to have your official college transcripts in order to do so.

Pass a background check and retain the findings.

Have a complete physical completed by a State licensed physician. The physical must include a tuberculosis test as well as a chest X-ray. Use the findings to fill out your Physical Examination Form.

Submit a current resume.

Prove that you are a citizen or a legal resident by submitting one of the following: Birth Certificate or Passport, or Alien Card or Employment Authorization.

Submit proof of identity through a driver's license or other state-issued identification card.

Gather the forms from steps 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and submit as a package to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Once you are approved, obtain your Substitute Teacher Employee Identification Badge, which will be sent to you following your approval. It will allow you access to the schools in the state, as well as be your catalyst to payroll services.

Teach one day out of every 90 days to keep your Substitute Teacher's License active. Failure to do so will result in your name's removal from the state's eligibility list; you would need to repeat the process in order to become active again.