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As educators, we have a large impact on the narrative about public education and teachers. This impact comes in many forms including our work as leaders within our classrooms, on our school sites, at our districts and beyond. We encourage you to further your training and education so that you can help shape the narrative by supporting teachers new to the profession, becoming a peer coach, contributing to processes and policies at the school and district level, or becoming an administrator.

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Substitute teaching is a great way to learn more about and gain experience in schools and districts. It is also a way to work on a more flexible schedule - part or full-time. Substitute Teacher Training will help you Gain practical strategies and useful information from experts in the field, including teachers, site and district administrators, human resource officers, and credentialing professionals. You also receive a substitute teacher manual and classroom resources you can use tomorrow!

Need to obtain a Substitute Teaching Permit?

The SDCOE Credentials and Fingerprinting team can assist!

See the website for full details but the basics are as follows:

  1. Submit an Official Transcript to the SDCOE showing your Bachelor’s degree or higher.  Electronic transcripts must be emailed to by the university directly. Paper copies of Official Transcripts can be mailed directly from the university to:

    San Diego County Office of Education
    6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 292-3500

    It is highly recommended to get multiple copies (if don’t already have your own copy) - One to send to SDCOE and at least one additional copy for yourself to have on hand if needed. You may be able to request official transcripts and sent directly to SDCOE electronically through university portals including the National Student Clearinghouse.
  2. Meet the Basic Skills Requirement (CBEST or CBEST alternative)
  3. Obtain Fingerprint Clearances - Make an appointment with SDCOE Fingerprinting department or any Livescan location. Print and bring 2 copies of the CTC Fingerprints (State) form and 2 copies of the  Clearinghouse Fingerprints (County) form.  On the bottom of each form is an ATI line.  That is the # that is issued to your scan.  Keep 1 copy of each form to submit to the SDCOE as verification you completed the prints.
  4. Using the information gathered above, complete the SDCOE Temporary County Certificate Mail a paper copy or drop off the completed form at:

    San Diego County Office of Education
    6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 104
    San Diego, CA 92111

If you’re ready to increase your leadership and teacher coaching/support skills, we invite you to take part in Mentoring 2.0 which includes modules covering:

  • Developing a coaching stance
  • Multiple coaching supports
  • Understanding and valuing adult learners
  • Goal setting
  • Managing difficult coaching situations 

For Master Teachers hosting clinical practice candidates, University Supervisors of clinical practice candidates, Clinical Supervisors or Site-based Mentors of Intern teachers, or Induction or CTE Mentors of beginning teachers, we also have a Certificate in Clinical Practice Support and Supervision program that satisfies the current CTC requirement.

It doesn’t take much time as an educator to realize that students with special needs require special skills on the part of educators to ensure they are receiving the best from us. Whether you are an Education Specialist looking to add to your credential/skills or a school team ready to make classrooms more inclusive, we have programs to support your journey.  

You may have achieved one type of teaching credential, but that doesn’t have to limit you. Adding subjects to your credentials can open up opportunities in other subjects or grade levels.

Students deserve great schools lead by great leaders. Learn more about how you can prepare for an administrative position.


Coming to California from another state or country? Check out tips or strategies to help you navigate the requirements and processes.

One of your best resources is the SDCOE Credentials team for information on educator credentials, certificates, waivers, authorizations and fingerprinting.

Be sure to also take a look at our LevelUp! event, to help you learn more about educator preparation programs at local San Diego institutions.

Wish you had more information about how to apply for jobs?  Prepare for job interviews?  Complete your EdJoin profile?  Or perhaps you just want to learn more about recruitment events.  Check our recruitment events and resources!

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