If you would like to substitute teach in any school district in ROE #39 Macon-Piatt Counties you will need to hold a valid Professional Educator License (PEL) OR Substitute Teacher License (SUB).

Effective January 1, 2023:
Public Act 102-0711 allows educators enrolled in approved preparation programs to be eligible for a substitute teaching license if they have completed 90 semester hours of credit. Applications received on or after this date will be evaluated under the new requirements.

  •  If you hold a Valid Teaching License (PEL) you DO NOT need a Substitute License.

  • If you hold a Paraprofessional License and have a bachelor's degree on file, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher and DO NOT need a Substitute License, but you do have to complete the substitute authorization process by completing the steps below that are applicable.

  • A Substitute License (SUB) is valid for 5 years and is renewable. 
    Note: You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year institution for a Substitute License. (SUB)

STEP ONE: Obtain a Substitute Teacher License through the State of Illinois:  If you have a valid teaching license (PEL), skip ahead to STEP THREE. 


  1. Log on to and click on "Log Into ELIS" in the upper left hand corner. Click on Log into your ELIS account in the middle of the page and then click on "CLICK HERE FOR FIRST TIME ACCESS TO THE ELIS SYSTEM", follow the prompts and setup your ELIS account and Select Continue.

  2. Under "Home" "Action Center", click on Apply for Credentials, “Apply for Substitute Teacher license." You will pay $50.00 plus a convenience fee for the application.

  3. At this point, request official sealed copies of transcripts to Dee Williams at ROE #39. Transcripts must be from a Regionally accredited university and show a bachelor’s degree has been awarded.  You can have official transcripts emailed direct from your university to
    Electronic transcripts must be sent by the university to the e-mail address above. T
    hey may not come from the substitute applicant directly or they are deemed "unofficial".

**Individuals who have worked at least 10 full school days on the substitute license, can receive a refund from ISBE for your substitute application fee. The law is applicable to any educator who had a SUB license issued on or after July 1, 2017.  Click here for more information

STEP TWO: Register your Substitute Teaching License:
Once the application status changes from “Pending Review” to “Issued” on your ELIS Account – you must register your license before it will be valid.

  1. Click on Registration under the Home tab and follow the steps. You will pay $50.00 plus a $2.00 convenience fee. 

STEP THREE: How to obtain a Substitute Teacher Authorization letter from ROE #39:

Applicants wishing to be considered for a Substitute position must submit the substitute packet materials to ROE #39. The substitute packet includes the following: 

  • Substitute Teacher Application Form

  • Release of Information Form

  • Original Statement of Good Health (no photocopies) signed by a physician, no more than 90 days old.

  • BUSHUE authorization forms for your fingerprint appointment. Return these forms to PRIOR to your fingerprint appointment.

Click here to complete the Substitute packet electronically

Recently, ROE39 established a relationship with Memorial Occupational Health Clinic.
Please call 217-876-4900 to set up an appointment for a physical if you do not have a Dr. or recent physical. You must let them know you are having a pre-employment physical for ROE39 and that you are self-pay. They will bill your insurance company on your behalf. If you do not have insurance, the cost is $70.00.

The TB test is NOT necessary unless you are planning on subbing for Pre-K.

STEP FOUR: Fingerprinting:

  1. Pay for your fingerprinting PRIOR to making your appointment. The cost is $65 and can be paid online via There will be a $2.00 convenience fee charged.

    Click here to pay for your Substitute fingerprinting

    3. Call Bushue Background Screening to setup your fingerprint appointment at: 217-342-3042.

    Once you have completed and submitted all of the Substitute Packet paperwork and the results of your fingerprinting from BUSHUE have been received at our office, you will be mailed a Substitute Teacher Authorization letter along with a copy of your background check and physical. Take that information to each district office where you would like to substitute teach. Let them copy it for their files and apply directly with them

Contact list of Substitute Coordinators by school district.

ROE #39 Privacy Policy: All inquiries regarding licenses must be made by the license holder, we are unable to share information with other parties. Thank you.