Congrats! It’s stellar you’re pursuing substitute teaching. Whether you’re in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay Area, the process of becoming a substitute teacher is simple. It requires some paperwork and testing to ensure you’re qualified, healthy, and capable of providing a safe environment for students.
As of 2023, here are the steps you’ll need to complete before getting hired as a substitute teacher in multiple school districts in California.
At Scoot, we help substitute teachers find schools and schools find exceptional substitute teachers like you. With Scoot, you can always expect a flexible schedule and market-leading pay. Substitute teaching allows for a rewarding career or job without the hassle of extra schooling or restrictive schedules.
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Before we dive into the steps, it’s helpful to know what kind of credentials you can pursue to become a substitute teacher in CA.
While the 30-day permit is the most popular option for prospective subs with no prior experience teaching, these are the other substitute permits you can get if you have experience or are still in school. This guide will explain how to apply for the 30-day permit.
To become a substitute teacher in California, your first step is to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and provide official transcripts. For guidance on what makes transcripts “official,” visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.
Your bachelor’s degree can be in ANY major. It doesn’t need to be education-related.
To become a substitute teacher, schools in CA require a negative tuberculosis test (TB test) and a Live Scan.
Scoot partners with WellnessMart, so if you’re applying to become a sub with us, you don’t need to pay any upfront cost! We fully pay for the TB test and Live Scan fingerprinting background check.
When working with an agency, the TB test is required to be dated within 60 days of your interview. You can take a TB test, but the easiest and fastest method it to complete a TB risk assessment questionnaire.
Please fill out the TB Risk Assessment questionnaire. This will allow a physician to simply screen you without having to prick or inject you. They’ll ask you a series of questions and assess your risk factor.
To check your criminal history is clear, you’ll take a Live Scan test which captures your fingerprints in a digitized format and then checks it against state police and FBI databases.
Click to download the pre-filled Request for Live Scan Service Form to ensure Scoot receives your Live Scan results! This is what you’ll take to the WellnessMart and send to Scoot.
There are WellnessMarts all over California! You can schedule an appointment online or walk-in the same day to a location near you.
*NEW: As of January 1, 2023, the basic skills proficiency requirement for an emergency 30-day substitute permit are waived until July 1, 2024. If you’ve applied after January 1, 2023, you don’t need to pass the CBEST to become a substitute teacher until after July 1, 2024.
The California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®) is a basic aptitude test developed to meet requirements of laws relating to education credentialing and employment. You can think of it like the SAT, but for adults.
For more information, read our comprehensive article about the CBEST and CSET.
If you have any of the following, you can opt-out of the CBEST exam:
You can expect test results can take up to 2 weeks.
COST OF THE CBEST
The CBEST exam costs $30 for each section when taking through the computer and $41 when taking on paper. Scoot does not reimburse for CBEST testing.
WHERE TO TAKE THE CBEST
Test dates are held 6 times a year at various test centers across the state. You can easily find a testing center or choose to take the test remotely.
A few locations are below:
11222 S La Cienega Blvd
Inglewood, California 90304
|Pearson Professional Center
1515 West 190th Street
Gardena, California 90248
|Online Edugo, Inc.
808 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90005
|Pearson Professional Center
300 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, California 90230
|National Polytechnic College
4105 South Street
Lakewood, California 90712
|Universal Healthcare Careers College
1625 West Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90015
|Global Educational Placement
10850 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90024
The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit lets you work as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom from pre-K to grades 1-12 to adult education schools. You can sub for any teacher for up to 30 days during the school year.
If you become a sub for a special education classroom, you can only serve up to 20 days before moving onto another classroom. The 30-day permit is valid for one year and is renewable.
COST OF 30 DAY PERMIT
The permit costs $100 with a $2.65 service fee for online applications.
WHERE TO APPLY
Need a paycheck sooner? Don’t worry, we’ll put you to work immediately!
As long as you have a Bachelor’s degree, we’ll be able to place you into a classroom without a CBEST or 30-Day Permit. While you wait to receive your “pass” results, feel confident that you’ll be considered for schools that do not require CBEST or 30-day permits for substitute teachers.
Becoming a substitute teacher in California is simple. Especially with an educational staffing company like Scoot Education. We want to support you throughout your application process and beyond.
Subbing with Scoot means access to more opportunities, more school districts, and more excitement!