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State School Employment Requirements

  1. General Requirements (All States):

  2. Individuals becoming a substitute teacher, para-professional, classroom aide, or other educational position must meet State and PCMI requirements. In addition to these requirements, the applicant should have some basic experience related to all duties connected to managing a classroom of students to ensure learning objectives are achieved. These will include:
    • Be 18 years of age or older
    • Excellent communication skills (written & oral)
    • Highly organized with exceptional time management skills
    • An interest in working with students of various age groups
    • Ability to create a positive learning atmosphere, focused on student involvement/interaction
    • Ability to manage conflict and obtain positive results
    • Professional demeanor and personal integrity
    • Ability to demonstrate safe work habits and maintain a safe environment for students
    • Ability to successfully pass all criminal background checks
    • Must complete all required on-line training modules provided by Global Compliance Network (GCN)
    • Ability to travel to various buildings within the district(s)
    • Adherence to all PCMI policies and all school district policies/guidelines

  3. State specific requirements:
  1. Permit & Education Requirements

    • All applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED
    • All substitute teachers must provide a copy of a valid teaching certificate OR official transcripts verifying the completion of 90 semester credit hours combined from one or more regionally accredited two or four year colleges or universities, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Other substitute positions, (such as para-professionals, aides, etc.) do not have this requirement.
    • The State of Michigan requires all substitute teachers to possess an unexpired Michigan teaching certificate or obtain a substitute permit. Other substitute positions, (such as para-professionals, aides, etc.) do not require a permit.
    • Individuals applying for substitute permits must:
      • Pay the appropriate fee prior to working as a sub teacher (Please note that the substitute permit is valid for the current academic year only).
    • Additional information is available at the Michigan Department of Education website.
  2. Background Check Information

    • The State of Michigan requires a background check that is maintained at each school district where the substitute works. There are several vendors statewide as well as School Districts and ISD’s that provide fingerprinting services for a fee. Some districts may not share this information in order to protect your privacy.
  1. Permit & Education Requirements

    • The State of Indiana requires all substitute teachers to possess an unexpired Indiana teaching certificate or to obtain a substitute permit.
    • Individuals applying for substitute permits must:
      • Hold a high school diploma (A GED will not be accepted)
      • Pay the appropriate fee
      • Meet the requirements of the school corporation. (Please contact the school corporation for more information.)
    • Additional permit information is available at the Indiana Department of Education website.
    • Permit applicants should apply via the Indiana Department of Education's Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS) website.
    • Substitute permits are valid for three years beginning on the date payment is received.
  2. Background Check Information

    • A Safe Hiring Solutions background check and an E-Verify verification of eligibility are required.
    • The appropriate fee must be paid.
    • If these checks have been completed within the last 90 days and the district is willing to share, the results can be forwarded to PCMI for review.
  1. Certifications and Licenses

    • The State of Arkansas requires all substitutes to have a High school diploma or GED
    • Some districts increase pay based on education level and certifications. Education levels and certifications must be verified with "OFFICIAL" United States accredited college transcripts and/or State of Arkansas teaching certificates.
    • Additional information is available at the Arkansas Department of Education website.
  2. Background Check Information

    • Arkansas State Police, FBI, and Child Maltreatment Central registry background checks are required
    • The appropriate fee must accompany the background check application.
    • Links to available forms are provided during the application process.
    • Additional information is available at the Arkansas Department of Education website.
    • It may take up to 60 days for results to be posted (PCMI has no control over this timeframe). Applications cannot be processed until the ASP, FBI and CMC results are posted.

Tennessee Requirements
  1. Permit & Education Requirements

    • All applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED
  2. Background Check Information