Becoming a Certified Substitute

The requirements for substitute teaching are determined by state law and local policy. School District 54 requires all substitute candidates to complete an online application to be considered for employment.  To apply for a substitute position, please click the Substitute Job Openings link.  Once you submit your application, you will be sent further details along with paperwork.

We also require attendance at one of our substitute orientations before you can sub in the district.  These orientations are held at the District Administration Office. Upon completion of your paperwork and background check, you will be able to register for an orientation session.

School District 54 is now accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Certified Substitute – Illinois Professional Educator License (formerly 03, 04, 09 or 10)
  • Certified Substitute – Illinois Substitute License (formerly 39)
  • Substitute Instructional Assistant

For information on how to obtain your substitute teaching license please visit the ISBE website.

For additional questions regarding substituting, contact [email protected] or (847) 357-5082.

Substitute Daily Rates for 2020-21

  • Teacher – $108
  • Long-Term Teaching Assignment (rate applies on 11th day) – $140
  • Assistant/LMA – $70
  • School Secretary – $85
  • Health Assistant – $24.74/hour
  • Vision and Hearing Screening Sub Rate – $20/hour
  • Junior High Instructional Assistant or Elementary CIA – $90
  • Junior High CIA – $100

Teacher substitutes participate in the Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS). Nine percent of all earnings will be sheltered for contribution to TRS. You will not have deductions for Social Security. Public Law 99-272 also requires a mandatory contribution of 1.45 percent of all substitute salaries for Medicare. There is also a deduction for the Teachers Health Insurance Security Fund (THIS). For more information, you may contact TRS at 1-877-927-5877.

All other substitutes will have deductions made for Social Security, State and Federal income taxes and Medicare.

Substitutes are not eligible to participate in the District 54 health insurance plan.

Rates subject to change annually per Board approval.

Paychecks reflect a two-week lag between days worked and payment. If there are any problems or discrepancies, call the payroll office at (847) 357-5029.


Substitute Brochure 2020-21