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How Do I Become a Substitute Teacher in San Diego?

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To become an Emergency 30-Day substitute teacher in San Diego requires some paperwork and patience. An Emergency 30-Day permit allows the substitute to take over classrooms from preschool to grade 12 on a day-to-day basis. However, a substitute may not serve for a single teacher for more than 30 days. If you’ve never applied to be a substitute before, you'll want to know what specific steps you should take before you can apply.

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Obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college. Request a set of official transcripts.

Sign up for and complete the CBEST test. Passing this test is a requirement throughout California.

Get a LiveScan. This service takes your fingerprints and enters them into a database.

Fill out the application to obtain your credential from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

Gather your official transcripts, CBEST test scores, completed LiveScan receipt, the completed online application and a check for the required processing fee amount. Send these documents to the address on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

Get tested for TB at your doctor's office.

Apply for the substitute job when you get proof you have been credentialed. Go to Move to the "Employment" tab and click on "Job Opportunities." On the left-hand side of your screen, click on "Teaching Positions." Click on "Login/Create Account" to begin an application.

If you're qualified and the district is in need of substitutes, you will be called for an interview. Bring to the interview your original teaching credential, resume, proof of a negative TB test within the last six months, CBEST verification, I-9 form, social security card and valid driver’s license.


You will need to pay fees to obtain transcripts, a credential, LiveScan, the CBEST test and the TB test.

This permit is good for only a year. After the year is up, you need to renew your credential and pay the fee.

It takes time to get your CBEST scores, credential and TB test results back.

The CBEST test is offered only a few times a month.