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Substitute Teaching

The Stark County ESC maintains a licensed Substitute Teacher List for the school districts affiliated with the Stark County Educational Service Center 
(Alliance City, Brown Local, Canton City,
Canton Local, Carrollton EV [Carroll County], Fairless Local, Green Local [Summit County], Jackson Local, Lake Local, Louisville City, Marlington Local, Massillon City, Minerva Local, North Canton City, Northwest Local, OsnaburgLocal, Perry Local, Plain Local, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center [Stark JVS], Sandy Valley Local, Strasburg-Franklin Local [Tuscarawas County], and Tuslaw Local).

 be eligible to substitute teach in any or all of the school districts listed above, the following items are required to complete your file:

  1. Stark County ESC Substitute Teacher Application
    See link to the bottom right
    (This application must be completed annually in order to be placed on the list making you eligible for substitute employment for the current school year.)
  2. Fingerprint/Background Check Click to schedule an appointment.  If your BCI/FBI was completed elsewhere within the past 365 days AND sent to ODE, paper copies of those will be accepted, but we must have a copy in our office.
  3. The Stark County ESC offers BCI and FBI fingerprinting services.  This service is available by appointment only.  
  4. Original set of college transcripts showing bachelor's degree with conferred date.  If you are applying for a substitute teachers license for the first time, ODE will also need your transcripts.
  5. A copy of a VALID Ohio teaching license
    If you are not currently licensed in the State of Ohio, click here for information on obtaining a substitute teacher license.  NOTE:  If you hold a valid standard teaching license, you do NOT need to apply for a substitute teacher license.
  6. Acceptance of Conditional Employment
    See link to the bottom right
  7. Non-conviction Statement
    See link to the bottom right
  8. Use of Social Security Number
    See link to the bottom right
  9. Original social security card with current name
    Please present an original, signed social security card.  A copy will be made and the original card will be returned to you.  Contact the Social Security Office, 301 McKinley Ave. SW, Canton, 44702, if you need a replacement or updated card.  
  10. Driver's License (we will make a copy)


Please note:  
All required documents can be dropped off at your fingerprint/background check appointment or mailed directly to Stark County ESC, 2100 38th St. NW, Canton, OH  44709.  Applicants will not be placed on the Stark County Substitute Teacher List until all required paperwork and attachments have been submitted to the Stark County ESC for processing and approval.

Ohio law does not permit the treasurer of a local/city/JVS/ESC to pay a substitute teacher unless the above requirements have been met prior to work.  Payroll forms are available from each district treasurer where substituting and must be completed prior to reimbursement for any work as a substitute teacher.

Call 330-492-8136, ext. 1312 or email any changes or corrections in your contact information or availability status.

Substitutes who are on the active list at the end of the school year will receive information, via US Mail, by June 1 regarding reasonable assurance of employment as a substitute teacher for the following year.


For more information, contact:
Terrie Robbins
Teacher Certification/Licensure
Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
330-492-8136, ext. 1312

Additional Info

Substitute Teacher License Guide

To apply for an initial or renewal of a Long Term/Short Term Substitute Teaching license, choose ONE of the following Step-by-Step Guides below:

• Guide for NEW Substitute Teaching License

• Guide to RENEW a Substitute Teaching License


2017-2018 Forms

1. Substitute Teacher Application

2. Acceptance of Conditional Employment

3. Non-conviction Statement

4. Use of Social Security Number

The following forms are for your personal use and do NOT come back to the Stark County ESC

Daily Record
For your record keeping

Insurance Memo
Insurance information available to substitute teachers

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