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Alert: Temporary Non-Bachelor’s Substitute Teaching Licenses

Please read new info regarding the Temporary Substitute Licenses

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Following the recent passage of House Bill 583, the Department will be issuing nonrenewable temporary substitute teaching licenses for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. The 1-Year Temporary Non-Bachelor's Substitute Teaching License allows applicants who do not hold a post-secondary degree, but meet the employing school or district’s set of educational requirements, to serve in the role of a substitute teacher.

The legislation does not allow the Department to issue this credential until Sept. 23. Therefore, the Office of Educator Licensure will be declining applications for the Temporary Non-Bachelor’s Substitute Teaching License already submitted for the 2022-23 school year.

Please note that under Ohio Revised Code sections 3319.36  and 3319.101, schools and districts may conditionally employ an individual with a pending application for a substitute teaching license for up to 60 days from the date of application.  To ensure schools and districts can conditionally employ these individuals between Aug. 1 and Sept. 23, the Department will begin accepting applications for 1-Year Temporary Non-Bachelor’s Substitute Teaching Licenses Aug. 1. The process for employing these individuals will be as follows:  

  1. Applicants submit the temporary substitute license application Aug. 1 or after for the 2022-2023 school year.
  2. Once the Department receives an application, the local school board may conditionally employ the person as a substitute teacher for a period of 60 days. To hire them, the employing superintendent must believe the person’s application indicates the person is qualified to obtain the substitute teaching license. 
  3. On Sept. 23, the Department will begin rapidly processing all pending applications to ensure they are processed within the sixty-day conditional employment period.  Please note that the period of conditional employment shall last for 60 days or until the licensure application has either been issued or declined, whichever comes first.

 Applicants must have current background checks on file with the Department.

After Sept. 23, the Department will resume processing 1 Year Temporary Non-Bachelor’s Substitute Teaching Licenses applications in the normal fashion. Conditional employment will remain available to local boards as allowed under Ohio law.

Please see the Department’s Substitute License webpage for more information, including the Temporary Non-Bachelor’s Substitute License Application Checklist and application instructions. Contact the Office of Educator Licensure at with questions. 



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