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Prospective Teachers

If you have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree, but have completed the requirements listed below, you may apply for the Emergency 30-Day Substitute Permit for Prospective Teachers. Call to schedule an appointment after you have obtained/completed the following:
This is a paper application process
1. Completed application form 41-4. 
Use your legal name, and do not make any manual corrections to the application. Applications with white-out, cross-outs or other corrections will be denied. If you answer “yes” to any of the Professional Fitness questions, you will need to provide an explanation on the Professional Fitness Explanation Form and provide the required court documents when instructed to do so.
2.  Application fee of $100.00 payable to CTC (personal check or money order – no cash/credit/debit)
3.  Official transcripts showing completion of a minimum of 90-semester units of course work from a regionally-accredited college or university 
        • If a transcript shows units transferred from another institution, the letter verifying enrollment (see #4 below) must specify the number of units transferred that were accepted toward completion of a bachelor’s degree
4.  Verification of current enrollment in a regionally-accredited four-year California college or university. This may be verified by an original letter from the registrar of the office of admissions, or official transcripts showing current work-in-progress.
5.  Official score report verifying passage of an acceptable Basic Skills exam as per the Basic Skills Requirement Leaflet 
6.  Fingerprint clearances through the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are required upon application for any credential, permit, or certificate, unless already on file at CTC. Individuals who have received fingerprint clearance through other employers or agencies (private, state, or government) are not exempt from this process.
One of the options below will satisfy this requirement:
          • Verification of an unexpired CTC-issued credential, permit, or Certificate of Clearance (an expired document can be accepted only if it has been expired less than 18 months), OR
          • Fingerprint process using Form 41-LS and the applicable fee. This process can be completed at BCOE at the time of your appointment for a fee of $63.00 payable to BCOE (personal check or money order – cash/credit/debit are not accepted).
7.  Unexpired Driver License or Government Identity Card. with a photo (for fingerprinting)

Please ensure you have all the completed/required documents with you on your appointment day.

Allow approximately one hour for your appointment.
Individuals who arrive late or without all required materials will be rescheduled.
Paper applications take approximately 2-3 months to process at CTC. If you wish to work as a substitute teacher during this processing time, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Clearance.
This will require a separate online application on the CTC website. Please refer to the instructions here. We strongly recommend that you review these instructions before you begin this application process. The cost is $52.50 and you will use a debit or credit card to pay this fee online. While the fingerprinting for state licensure will be done here, it is best that you apply for the Certificate of Clearance prior to your appointment at BCOE.

Do not begin the online Certificate of Clearance application process before you have called the BCOE Credentials Office to schedule your substitute permit processing appointment.

Important information about your educator account

Important information about your educator account

Prior to all appointments, you must create/update your Educator Account on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website.
***Your online Educator Account and Login/Password must be in place before your BCOE appointment***
Be sure that you can remember this login information (or write it down and keep it in a secure place) in order to access your Educator Account on your appointment day


The Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers authorizes the holder to serve as a day-to-day substitute teacher in any classroom in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-12, inclusive, or in classes organized primarily for adults. The holder may serve as a substitute for no more than 30 days for any one teacher and not more than 90 days during the school year. In a special education classroom the holder may serve for no more than 20 days for any one teacher during the school year.
The permit is valid for one year and may be renewed only once upon completion of 15 semester units of coursework from a regionally-accredited four-year California college taken since the issuance date of the previous permit.