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Steps to Become a Temporary Emergency Substitute Teacher

Posted Date: 01/14/2022

Thank you for your interest in becoming a temporary emergency substitute teacher at Clearwater USD 264.

Background from The Kansas State Board of Education (KSDE): 

KSDE on Wednesday, Jan. 12, unanimously approved an emergency declaration that allows any individual meeting certain qualifications to apply for a Temporary Emergency Authorized License (TEAL).

This action will help solve the substitute teacher shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any TEAL obtained through the emergency declaration will expire June 1, 2022. After that date, individuals will have to meet the more rigorous requirements for a substitute teacher license.

Usually there is a minimum requirement of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in order to obtain an emergency substitute license. The emergency declaration removes this minimum requirement for the TEAL.

Candidates must:

  • Meet the minimum age requirement of 18.

  • Have a high school diploma. Individuals with a general educational development (GED) diploma/certificate aren’t eligible.

  • Have a verified employment commitment from a district or system.

  • Be fingerprinted and pass a background check.

  • Submit a completed application to KSDE.


Application steps to be a temporary emergency substitute teacher at Clearwater USD 264: 

  1. Read and complete Section A of the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) application.  

  2. Complete a USD 264 application for a Certified Substitute Position at 

  3. Schedule a time for a brief interview with the district office by emailing Superintendent Chris Cooper at  (Note:  The district will not complete section B of the application to verify employment until after the interview has been completed.)  

  4. Submit a fingerprint card for background check as outlined in the KSDE application. 

  5. Complete USD 264 human resources onboarding paperwork.


This process should take a few weeks to complete and we are here to help you. Thank you for taking advantage of this opportunity during a difficult time in education.

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Clearwater Schools USD#264
151 S. 1st Avenue
Clearwater , Kansas 67026
Phone: 620-584-2091
Fax: 620-584-6705

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