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Regarding the ROE 53 Sub List

As of July 01, 2023 the ROE will no longer be maintaining or updating a regional sub list.

Illinois Licensed Teachers as Subs:
If an educator holds a valid Professional Educator License (PEL) with a teaching endorsement registered with the region/s in which they wish to sub, a substitute license is not needed to substitute teach.  You would need to have been fingerprinted as a sub and have a physical from within the last 90 days in order to apply for substitute teaching jobs within ROE 53.

To become a Sub if you do not currently hold an Illinois teaching license:
If you do not currently hold a Professional Educator License you will need to apply online through ELIS to obtain a Substitute License (either Short Term Substitute or Substitute, as explained below).

  • If you have an Associates degree or 60 college credit hours from a regionally accredited institution (coursework must be at the 100-level or higher), you would need to apply for a Short Term Substitute License.  This type of license has certain restrictions which will be listed here: 
  • Valid for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12.
  • Short-Term Substitute licenses are valid until June 30, 2026, and may not be renewed.
  • Cannot teach more than 5 consecutive days per licensed teacher.
  • Must complete a training program provided by the school board.​
  • Can​ serve as a Paraprofessional​.
  • If you have a Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution, you would want to apply for a Substitute License: 

Retired Illinois Teachers as Subs:
Any retiree will have the same requirements as any other sub as far as providing updated physical/statement of good health and fingerprinting.

  • You may sub off of your teaching license (PEL) – no sub certificate necessary as long as you keep your PEL renewed and registered with ROE 53.
  • If subbing solely for the district from which you retired, ISBE Legal still recommends updating your file (health and fingerprint). Many, if not all long-term veteran teachers, have never been fingerprinted nor had a physical in many years. It is considered a change in employment and should be updated.

**Important Applicant Responsibilities**

  • Take original physical/statement of good health from an appropriately licensed physician to each district so the district can make a copy of your originals for their files   
  • Take original state and federal fingerprint results to each district so district can make a copy of your originals for their files   
  • Register with the ROE 53 region through your ELIS account   
  • Complete all requirements for licensure (PEL for teachers or ELS those without teacher licensure) outlined by code/law   
  • Maintain licensure registration and renewal 


To Schedule Substitute Fingerprinting at ROE 53 - Click Below

Schedule An Appointment


ROE 53 office fingerprinting cost: $60

  • If you are printing to be on our region sub list, please bring payment with you to your appointment.
  • If you are printing for 1 specific district only and they are paying, please bring their district form with you to your appointment.
  • Personal or district check, money orders, or credit/debit cards are accepted forms of payment

For more questions or additional information, contact the Regional Office of Education at 309-477-2290 or reach out via email to:  

  • Breanna Newton -
  • Laura Varichak -   
  • Kristy Risius -