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Substitute Information

Cover of District 44's Substitute Handbook
 
District 44 is always looking for qualified individuals as substitutes.
 
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 team. We invite you to begin the application process if you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining the needed license.

Please contact Mindy Merkle [email protected] to get started at 630-827-4400
 
 
 
 
Substitute Licensing Information and Other Questions Answered:
 
If you currently hold a valid Illinois teaching license, you are qualified to serve as a substitute teacher. You do not need to obtain any additional licenses or endorsements.

If you currently hold a valid Illinois paraprofessional license AND you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher, you are qualified to serve as a substitute teacher and you do not need to obtain any additional licenses or endorsements.

If you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining a teaching license, please reach out to Mindy Merkle to get your substitute application started for District 44! ([email protected]; 630-827-4400)
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)
      • Available to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree or higher
      • Valid for grades PreK-Grade 12 in all Illinois public schools
      • Valid for 5 years and may be renewed
      • Requires initial $50 application fee plus $10 yearly registration fee
 
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, please reach out to Mindy Merkle to get your substitute application started for District 44! ([email protected]; 630-827-4400)
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)
      • Available to anyone who has an Associate’s degree or higher or has completed 60 semester hours of college/university coursework
      • Valid for grades PreK-Grade 12 in all Illinois public schools
      • Qualifies the holder to teach 5, or fewer, consecutive days for the same teacher
      • Valid until June 30, 2023 and may not be renewed
      • Requires initial $25 application fee (waived for 22-23) but no additional registration fees
      • Requires completion of a half-day training program provided by the DuPage Regional Office of Education (ROE).  Please contact the District for information about registering for this training.
 
To apply for the state license, follow the steps in this document.
 
If you have obtained or are in the process of obtaining an STS license, please reach out to Mindy Merkle to get your substitute application started for District 44! ([email protected]; 630-827-4400)
 
For teacher substitutes:
  • $120.00/day for the first 20 days
  • $130.00/day on day 21 and thereafter until day 40
  • $140.00/day on day 41 and thereafter
 
For long-term substitute teacher assignments, the rate starts at $140.00/day and increases to $200.00/day after 31 days.
 
For instructional assistants:
  • $105.00/day
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, Frontline. 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.