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In order to substitute teach in the State of Missouri, individuals must submit the following:

·         Complete a minimum of 60 college hours from an accredited school or university

·         Pass both state and federal criminal background checks.

·         Obtain a current substitute certificate through the Missouri Department of Education.

·         Complete a Cassville R-IV School District application @ https://cassville.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx  

If an applicant holds a Missouri Teaching License (excluding Lifetime Certificates) and they are retired or not working as a

full-time teacher, they will also be required to apply for a substitute certificate.   

More information on this process can be found at:  https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers.


Types of Substitute Certificates

DESE issues two types of substitute certificates, depending upon the setting(s) in which an individual will be placed. Regardless

of the type of substitute certificate, each applicant is required to complete a background check if he/she is requesting a new

certificate or is considered to be a new hire at a school district. If an applicant has previously fingerprinted for DESE, a new

fingerprint clearance will be required if the previous one is over twelve months old. 


Content Substitute certificate is for individuals wishing to substitute teach in the K-12 classroom setting (elementary,

middle/high school content areas, special education, art, music, PE, etc.). A Content Substitute certificate may be granted to an

individual who has completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited, academic degree-granting,

college or university. Verification of these hours must be provided with an original transcript from each institution the applicant

has attended. A Content Substitute certificate may also be granted to an individual who is at least 21 years of age, has a high

school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and has successfully completed a

minimum of twenty (20) clock hours of department-approved substitute teacher training that includes professionalism, honoring

diversity, engaging students, foundational classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students

with special needs, and working with at-risk youth.  Approved training is available here:

Frontline Educationhttps://www.frontlineeducation.com/pages/resources/modese/


IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: The rule allowing online training for substitute teacher certification is new and will be

effective on September 2, 2020. Substitute Teacher Certificates based on the successful completion of this training will not

be issued until after this date. In addition to completing the training, an applicant will be required to pass a background

check and submit an application for their certificate.


Once the on-line application has been received by the district, certification through DESE and background check results are

checked.  Applications are then approved by the Board of Education during a regular board meeting. Once approved, the

applicant will receive via mail the Cassville R-IV Substitute Handbook, Acceptable Use Policy, and Payroll packet. The last page

of the Sub Handbook and Acceptable Use Policy includes statements that must be signed and returned to the Cassville R-IV

Central Office.


For liability purposes, all applicants must also complete MUSIC Sexual Misconduct: Staff-to-Student training.  This is an

on-line training which must be completed before applicant can be placed in a classroom.  The link to the video along with

username and password will be sent so that it can be watched at the applicant’s convenience.   

For more information, please see the Cassville R-IV Substitute Handbook by clicking here.

View our substitute orientation video by clicking here.