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Substitute Teacher Requirements

The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom, including preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12 inclusive, or in classes organized primarily for adults. The holder may serve as a substitute for no more than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year, except in a special education classroom, where the holder may serve for no more than 20 days for any one teacher during the school year. This permit is valid for one year and is renewable.


To apply for the Emergency 30-day Substitute Permit, please email or mail the following items to our main office:

1. Official Transcripts Showing Your Bachelor's Degree or Higher

Official transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or university and must have your degree posted. Please have your university email the official electronic transcripts to SDCOE and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) do not accept electronic transcripts sent to the applicant. If your university does not offer electronic transcripts, you may mail the original hard copy to SDCOE, 6401 Linda Vista Road, room 104, San Diego, CA 92111. The transcripts can be open as long as they are on the original university water-colored paper. This will not be returned to you. Diplomas, photocopies of transcripts, electronic transcripts sent to the student, and unofficial transcripts are NOT accepted.

2. Basic Skills Requirement

Generally, this is completion of the CBEST.  However, CTC does accept a number of other means to meet this requirement.  These are explained in the Basic Skills Requirement leaflet found on the CTC website. Please email these official score reports to 

3. Appropriate Fingerprinting (Click here for more information.)

CTC fingerprinting:  These fingerprints are required by CTC in order to grant you the substitute permit.  Email a copy of the completed 41-LS form after you are printed or a photocopy of your Certificate of Clearance (if applicable) to

Clearinghouse fingerprinting:  These fingerprints are required by most school districts in San Diego County to employ you as a sub teacher AND for SDCOE to issue you a Temporary County Certificate.  These fingerprints are not required to apply for a sub permit, but will be required before employment in a substitute position. More fingerprinting information can be found on our website here.

4. Temporary County Certificate Form
Complete a Temporary County Certificate form and email it to (omit your Social Security number for security). Once we sign it, this document will serve as a receipt verifying you submitted the appropriate materials to our office. We will email this back once we have recommended you for the permit online. 

Once we receive the above listed items, one of our Credential Technicians will recommend you for the permit online and email you a receipt. You will then receive an email from CTC prompting you to complete the application online and pay for the permit with a credit or debit card using their website.  



The substitute permit is valid for ONE calendar year.  It allows you to sub every day of the year, however, it does not allow you to sub in any long term assignments.  You may sub in one assignment for up to 30 days within the year. 

It is up to the district of employment if they utilize 30-day substitute permit holders.  A complete list of the school districts can be found on our website. You will contact the Human Resource Department in the district where you would like to work or you may search through the Ed-Join website.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact a SDCOE Credential Technician at


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