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Substitute Teaching in Marin Public Schools

​It is a pleasure to welcome you as a Substitute Teacher for the Marin County School Districts. We are pleased that you have chosen to be a part of our team and to share our goal of providing a quality education for all students. You are a vital part of the school system, and play an important role in delivering continuity of instruction during absences of regular teaching staff. It is our hope that this Web page, designed especially for you, will be a helpful source of information.

Mary Jane Burke
Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Alert (posted 2/09/2015):
California law requires that school employees who fall within certain statuatorily defined categories be familiar with the laws relating to abuse or neglect of children and dependent adult reporting requirements.  You must sign a statement signifiying that you have knowledge of the reporting requirments and will comply with them.
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015, all school employees, including substitute teachers, must watch the following video before signing the provided statement.  See link below.
Alert (posted 2/12/2014):
At this time, in addition to accepting fully credentialed teachers and those currently enrolled in credentialing programs, including student teachers, Marin County has re-opened substitute teacher registration for holders of Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching permits.
Alert (posted 3/1/2013):
There have been significant changes to the Public Employees' Retirement Systems as a result of the Public Employees Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) effective January 1, 2013.
More information is to be found at the California State Teachers' Retirement System website   and at the California Public Employees' Retirement System website


There are three steps to substitute teach in Marin Public Schools: 

1) hold authorization issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: teaching/services credential based on B.A. and student teaching, or an Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teacher Permit,

2) complete initial registration (Registration Packet below) and all subsequent annual re-registration(s) as a substitute teacher for Marin County Public Schools with the Credentials Analyst at the Marin County Office of Education, and lastly,

3) contact individual districts you want to be available for subbing per their instructions (District Rates & Signup Instructions below).

For initial registration you must present all of your fingerprint clearance and paperwork with the Credentials Analyst at the Marin County Office of Education. Please follow the link below for the information requirements and registration forms: 

Re-registration to substitute teach in Marin County is an annual mail-in process:  all registered subs in the current year will receive a letter and form for the upcoming year in early July.  .

General Policy:  As part of this highly professional team through employment by the Marin County School Districts, you have an important public relations responsibility.  Your work, attitude and appearance are all subject to close inspection by your employer ― the taxpaying public.  On many occasions, you are the only district employee any given individual may come into contact with and total judgment of the efficiency and character of the organization is based on the things you say and the way you perform.  For this reason, it is important that you give a good day’s work and courteous treatment to people you have agreed to serve.  With the idea that every moment in the classroom is considered as instructional potential, substitutes are expected to be familiar with the course of study, acceptable methods of teaching, classroom management, and state and federal laws as they apply to schools and students.

Automated Subcaller System Website

Requirements to Substitute Teach in California Public Schools  –  The 30/20 Rule

Title 5 §80025.3(a) states that individuals who hold a valid document which required the completion of a bachelor’s degree & the basic skills requirement (i.e. requirements for Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit) are authorized to serve as day-to-day substitutes.  Individuals are allowed to substitute for no more than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year with one exception. Fully credentialed teachers (credential based on a bachelor’s degree, teacher preparation program, & student teaching) may substitute for more than 30 days for any one teacher as long as he/she is serving in the subject area(s) authorized by their credential.  Fully credentialed teachers may not substitute outside the authorized area for more than 30 days for any one teacher.
T5 §80025 The Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit authorizes the holder to serve as a substitute in any classroom; preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-12, inclusive; or in classes organized primarily for adults within each county in which the permit is registered provided the employing agency has a completed Statement of Need on file for the school year.  However, the holder shall not serve as a substitute for more than 30 days for any one teacher during the school year.

Title 5 §80025.4 Substituting in a Special Education Classroom: EC §56061(a), which is under the authority of the CDE, specifies that individuals who hold documents authorizing substitute teaching may not serve in a special education classroom for any one teacher more than 20 days during a school year.  In order for the teacher to serve in that assignment beyond the 20 day limit, the individual must hold a special education teaching credential, teaching permit, or waiver which authorizes service to the population of students in the classroom.

Linda Rittenberry
Credentials Analyst 

Deanne Carter
Credentials Analyst 

Credentials: 415.491.6686
Substitute Teaching: 415.499.5863
Fax:  415.491.6625

Marin County Office of Education
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue
P.O. Box 4925
San Rafael, CA 94913-4925
The Marin County Credentials Office is open to serve the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Appointments are highly recommended.  
Directions:   From Highway 101, take the Terra Linda/Freitas Parkway exit.  Drive west on Freitas Parkway.  At the third stoplight (Safeway is on the left) turn right on Las Gallinas Avenue.  Go two blocks to the first stop sign and proceed through the intersection.  The Marin County Office of Education is on the left.