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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 at initial registration and annual re-registration.
We appreciate your interest in substitute teaching for Marin County Public Schools.  The Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) maintains a susbtitute teacher database.  Individuals interested in substitute teaching in Marin County must register through MCOE's credentials office. 
Requirements for Substitute Teachers:
Please read the initial requirements for substitute teachers and carefully follow all instructions as written.
1.  A valid teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or an Emergency 30-Day Susbtitute Permit is required to substitute teach in Marin County.  You may also be enrolled in a credentialing program or a student teacher.
For information on obtaning or renewing these credentials, click here.    
(As of February 2014, MCOE has reopened substitute teacher registration for holders of Emergency 30-Day Susbtitute Teaching permits.)
2.  Complete initial registration packet as a substitute teacher for Marin County Public Schools with the Credentials Analyst at the Marin County Office of Education.  This includes the following:
  • electronic fingerprint clearance,
  • proof of freedome from active tuberculosis and
  • completed registration packet. 

For information on fingerprint clearance and TB testing click here.

Re-registration to substitute teach in Marin County is an annual mail-in process.  In early July, all registered substitutes for the current year will receive a letter and a new registration form to be completed and returned to the Credentials Office at the Marin County Office of Education. This is required to remain active on the Countywide List for the upcoming school year.
3.  Once you have a valid teaching credential or permit and have registered with MCOE and received your current Substitute Identification Verification email, you will then contact the individual districts you are interested in substituting for, per district instructions.  Click on Sub Rates 2015-2016 day rate of pay and district contact information.

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 AESOP System Website:  

Effective October 1, 2015, Aesop is the new autormated substitute calling system for the Marin County Office of Education. Similar to Subfinder, this service, utilizes both the telephone and the internet to assist you in locating jobs.


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.

Deanne Carter
Credentials Analyst 

Credentials:                    415.491.6686
Substitute Teaching:     415.499.5863
Fax:                                 415.491.6625

The Marin County Credentials Office is open to serve the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Appointments are highly recommended.  
Marin County Office of Education
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue
P.O. Box 4925
San Rafael, CA 94913-4925
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.