ESC of Lorain County

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1885 Lake Avenue
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: (440) 324-5777 Fax: (440) 324-7355




Applying for Substitute Teaching
Thank you for your interest in substitute teaching for
Lorain County school districts.

Minimum requirement of a Bachelor's Degree is required in order to
receive a substitute license along with original transcripts.
 ESC Districts
 NCSSA Districts
Pathways to Success
Detention Home
    Avon Lake
Early Learning Center 
    Lorain City
    North Ridgeville 
    Sheffield-Sheffield Lake
To Substitute for
 ESC Districts
 Complete STEPS 1-3
To Substitute for
NCSSA Districts
Apply on-line at
 If you are having trouble with your multi-district pin, please call 866-504-8222, option 2 for Support,
option 1 for Absence and Time.  They will be able to help you reset your pin. 
Complete the required Ohio Criminal Record Checks (BCI) and Federal Criminal Record Check (FBI).  This is required whether you are applying for a new license or renewing your current license. New applicants please note that we can only accept prior reports if they are less than one year old.
Due to the NEW ODE requirments, we strongly suggest that fingerprinting results are recorded with ODE prior to applying for a license.  License applications are only active for 60 days.
Background checks done at our office,
1885 Lake Ave., Elyria, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Please call 440-324-5777 for an appointment 
Cost: BCI and FBI - $60 | BCI - $32 | FBI - $34 (cash, check or money order only)
You may complete the Background Information Form electronically, print it and bring with you or complete our printed form at time of printing.
Photo ID needed
STEP 2:  
Apply for a substitute teachers license using instructions below.
Note:  Due to recent licensure changes, all substitute licenses are considered a new license. No more renewing.
You cannot pay for your license by using a Mac or Tablet.
If you already hold a valid teaching license you DO NOT need to apply
for a sub license...skip to STEP 3.
  • Sign into OH/ID Portal on the Ohio Department of Education's website.  If you do not have an OH/ID account go to these instructions to create an account.
  • Apply for substitute teacher license

Due to recent licensure changes, all substitute licenses are considered a new license.

Please make sure you select Lorain County Educational Service Center (IRN#048108) as your school district and as E-signer Superintendent in order for us to approve your application.  If these do not match, your application will not be approved.    

Complete the AppliTrack application

Once we have received your completed application, BCI & FBI background checks and a valid teacher or substitute license you will go on the approved list for your chosen districts.

You will be board approved by each school district you have chosen and in return receive your AESOP information and instructions from your chosen districts.

For additional information or questions regarding substitute teaching, please contact
Pam Gamble
440.324.5777 ext. 1113