Become a Substitute Teacher

Substitute teachers play an important role in a student's education. If you're a retired teacher looking to step back in the classroom, a new college graduate, or someone interested in becoming a substitute teacher for the first time - we are eager to meet you! We encourage all candidates to apply, regardless of experience. 

You do not need to be currently licensed, we can assist with getting you credentialed. Our associates work very closely with each applicant throughout the hiring process from screening to deployment.

Please take a moment to review the official North Coast Shared Services Alliance Substitute Teacher Job Description. This job description clearly outlines the role, responsibilities and our expectations of Substitute Teachers.

What Happens After I Apply?

  • Complete online application
  • If selected, an NCSSA Recruiter will schedule a phone interview
  • NCSSA recruiter verifies professional references
  • Selected candidates will be invited to New Hire Orientation 
    • Orientation consists of: 
      • Overview of NCSSA Partnership
      • Ways to accept Substitute Teacher assignments
      • Completion of standard employment documents
      • Recommendation to attend Safe & Engaged training if needed
      • Post orientation, newly hired candidates will gain access to Substitute Teacher assignments.

Candidates who have questions about their application status should contact the following NCSSA Recruiters, based on their location:

Rachel Wixey & Associates / 419-725-9499                                           

Columbiana County

Coshocton County

Cuyahoga County 

Guernsey County

Jefferson County

Lake County

Monroe County

Portage County

Summit County

Tuscarawas County

ESC of Lorain County / (440) 324-5777

Districts throughout Lorain County

ESC of Medina County /  (330) 723-6393

Districts throughout Medina County

Safe & Engaged Training

The Safe and Engaged Substitute Teacher Training Program presented by the Medina County Schools’ Educational Service Center (MCSESC) prepares substitute teachers with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the goal of providing consistent delivery of quality instruction in a productive learning environment during the absence of a regular classroom teacher. The one-day class is fast-paced, interactive, and taught by highly qualified trainers who model the various techniques and strategies guest teachers are expected to use. Participants receive instruction in teaching strategies, classroom and behavior management, special education, legal issues, and professionalism. The Substitute Teacher Handbook, published by Utah State University’s Substitute Teaching Institute, is used extensively throughout the class and is available for participants to purchase.

The registration fee for the class is ($100) and includes materials, lunch, and other light refreshments. Purchase of the Substitute Teacher Handbook ($30) is optional but highly recommended. The handbook is available at the ESC and can be paid for with the registration below or on the day of class. You will receive an invitation with more information from our recruiters after your screening process has concluded.

Safe & Engaged Training is open to all, but required for NCSSA candidates based on the following criteria:

Candidate has a long-term or short-term sub license, but no education degree or other current educator’s license.

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Candidate has a long-term or short-term sub license, has an education degree and has had or is eligible to have an educator’s license but has not student taught or been employed as a teacher with in the past 5 years, has been retired for more than 5 years, or has completed student teaching more than 5 years ago and has not been employed since.

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Candidate has a full license as an educator, but has not been employed as a regular school employee (teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, etc.) within the past 5 years. 

EXCEPTION: If a candidate has retired from a NCSSA district, the Safe and Engaged Class will be waived. If a candidate has retired from or subbed in a non NCSSA district, the Safe and Engaged Class may be waived if an administrator from a district in which the candidate has subbed or worked signs a waiver attesting to satisfactory performance. The candidate will provide contact information for administrator and district. The form will be sent directly to the administrator from our office.