Substitute Teachers provide a valuable service to Geary County USD 475. They help educated our students when teachers can’t be in the classroom. Substitute teaching can also be fun and rewarding. Substitute teachers often work with a wide range of students throughout the district, teach a wide variety of subjects, and work in different buildings within the district.
Substitute teachers in Geary County have the freedom to choose which hours they work, which schools to work in, and what age groups of children they prefer. They also have the freedom to choose what days to work, and whether to work full-time or part-time.
Substitute teachers are licensed through the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), just like full-time teachers, but often obtain their licenses with fewer educational requirements. Substitute teachers do require some college experience, but it is not required for the coursework to be in education. The amount of college required varies based on the type of substitute licenses issued by KSDE.
There are two types of Substitute Teaching Licenses in Kansas: Emergency Substitute License and Standard Substitute License. The requirements for each type of license are different, but the process for applying to be a substitute teacher is similar for both. All teaching licenses must be acquired from the KSDE.
Emergency Substitute License
Emergency substitutes are used to fill in for regular classroom teachers for short periods of time. Emergency substitutes may fill in for a teacher for a few hours, a single day, or even a week. They often step in when a teacher is out of the classroom due to a short-term illness, professional development, or a meeting.
Candidates that have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours from an accredited university may apply for an Emergency Substitute License through the KSDE website at:
Candidates that wish to apply with Geary County USD 475 as an Emergency Substitute must begin the process of obtaining an Emergency Substitute License through KSDE prior to applying for open positions within the district. Once you have begun the process of obtaining your license, you can apply with the district through this link:
Standard Substitute License
Candidates that would like to act as both a short-term and long-term substitute will need a Standard Substitute License from the KSDE. A Standard Substitute License requires a degree from an accredited college. Also, the candidate must have completed a Teacher Preparation program.
Applicants are required to begin the process of obtaining a Standard Substitute License prior to applying with Geary County USD 475. You can find the information about applying for a Standard Substitute License through this KSDE link:
Once you have begun the process of obtaining a license through KSDE, you can apply for substitute teaching positions within the district here:
Our hiring staff will be happy to help answer any questions you may have and are also able to assist with the fingerprinting process at no charge to you. For any questions on the license process, application process, or fingerprinting, please call the USD 475 Personnel Services department at 785-717-4000.