How To Be A Substitute Teacher in Kentucky

Many school districts in Kentucky are having incredible difficulty in attracting and keeping a dependable pool of substitute teachers. Due to this shortage in substitutes, the Standards Board in Kentucky has permitted several school districts to lessen their standards when in dire need of substitute teachers. The steps for being certified as a long-term substitute teacher in the state are a completely separate process than the steps to apply as an emergency substitute in an individual school district.

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board issues five-year Certificates for Substitute Teaching to those applicants who either hold a valid statement of eligibility for a Kentucky teaching certificate or have previously held a Kentucky teaching certificate, or who hold an out-of-state teaching certificate. This certification is valid for substitute teaching only, and not to fill in as a permanent replacement for teachers. Applications for the Certificate for Substitute Teaching should be submitted to the Division of Certification, Education Professionals Standards Board, 100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification is not issued through the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. These certifications are issued at the school district level. In order to qualify for an Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification in Kentucky, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited college or university, or have completed at least sixty-four credit hours of coursework with a minimum 2.45 GPA. To apply for the Emergency Substitute Teacher Certification, an applicant should contact the local school district’s board of education office and complete an application. All supplementary materials should be submitted directly to the local office.

Substitute pay in Kentucky varies by educational level and school district, but substitutes with a Bachelor’s degree and no full-time teaching experience can expect to be paid around $100 per day.

For more information on serving as a substitute teacher in the state of Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, 6th Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone 502-564-4770, or see the website at