The Will County Regional Office of Education is seeking applicants to become substitute teachers for area school districts.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant need for substitute teachers to support students in districts across Will County, according to a news release.
“There is a teacher shortage across the state which has magnified the shortage of qualified substitute teachers," Will County Regional Superintendent Shawn Walsh said in the release. "At the same time, many districts are in need of additional substitutes as a result of the unique challenges they faced educating students during the current pandemic.”
There are two different pathways by which community members can become licensed to serve as as a substitute teacher, according to the release.
To become a substitute teacher in the state of Illinois, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. Substitute teaching licenses are valid for five fiscal years, and can be renewed upon payment of registration fees.
For those interested in being a substitute teacher, but who do not have a bachelor's degree, there is an additional option. The short-term substitute license is available for those who have at least an associate's degree, or 60 semester hours of non-remedial coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
For more information on the application and registration process, visit willroe.org and go to the "Licensure" tab on the website.