Skip to main content
Home Contact Us

New or Prospective Substitute Applicants

New or Prospective Substitute Applicants

Steps to become a Substitute

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. 
Everyone must stay in their car and call 440-350-2563 x788 upon arrival. Only the individual completing the background check may enter the building. You must wear a mask  and use hand sanitizer prior to starting the fingerprinting process.  
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


Please note: If 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.


During this uncertain time, Lake and Geauga school districts are looking for additional substitutes to be placed on a secondary substitute list. You would be called in the event that their primary substitutes are unavailable. If you are interested, please email [email protected] and specify if you would like to be placed on the secondary list for Lake County School Districts, Geauga County School Districts, or School Districts in Both Counties. We appreciate your commitment to our schools and the success of our students.  

Thank you for your interest! Should you have any questions please contact us at 440-350-2563 ext. 0 or [email protected]