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New or Prospective Substitute Applicants

Steps to become a Substitute

Please complete the application below to apply for substitute positions with the ESC of the Western Reserve, or participating districts in Geauga and Lake County. After submitting the substitute application, you will be contacted via email to complete the additional required documents. It is your responsibility to complete and provide copies of the documents to the ESC. Thank you for your interest!

Note: After April 15th of each year, ALL applications received for substitute opportunities will be considered for the next school year.  Click on the link below to begin the application process. 

1. Apply by completing the New Substitute Application

2. Print and complete the following required documents  

Please scan and email completed documents to the receptionist at, [email protected] or,  mail them to the receptionist at;  ESC of the Western Reserve: 8221 Auburn Career Center, Painesville, OH, 44077 -With ATTENTION: Receptionist

3. Complete both FBI and BCI Background Checks. 

Please be advised that our background check services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY,  call 440-350-2563 x 788. 
Payments Accepted: Cash (exact amount), check/money order, or credit card
  • BCI only $35
  • FBI only  $40
  • BCI & FBI both $70
 You must bring a VALID form of ID - Expired ID will not be accepted
  • Driver's License
  • State I.D.
  • Passport
Your social security number is required to process the background check.

4. Hold or be able to obtain an ODE Teacher or Substitute Teacher license, follow one of these links to learn more: ODE Teacher or Substitute Teacher License, or an Educational Classroom Aide Permit

NoteIf you are a classified applicant interested in open positions in a Lake County school district, or you do not see a district listed on our Preference Check  List that you are interested in, please contact that district directly. 

If you have not been a substitute for the ESC of the Western Reserve in the past 12 months you are considered a new applicant. Thank you for your interest! Should you have any questions please contact us at 440-350-2563 ext. 0 or [email protected].

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