Local Substitute Information

Requirements for Obtaining a Local Substitute Teaching Permit for Lincoln Public Schools

Lincoln Public School's Requirements

  1. You must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) OR a current college student in a Teacher Program of senior standing (minimum of 60 completed college credit hours) preparing to student teach.
    This permit allows for a student teacher to sub for their cooperating teacher when absent.  Student Teachers are responsible for adhering to their university’s policy for subbing while student teaching. Please refer to your program advisor for specific restrictions. 
  2. Apply for the LPS Certified Local Substitute Teacher application which can be found under Careers on our lps.org website. 
  3. Upload your unofficial college transcript to the LPS application showing degree(s) or teacher preparation course work. (This will be considered an unofficial transcript and does not meet NDE’s requirements)
  4. Include at least three professional (not family or friends) references with email address. LPS requires a minimum of three references returned. Recommendation letters are optional.
  5. Complete the Gallup TeacherInsight online assessment following the link on the Application Status tab of your LPS application.
  6. Submit the Personal Disclosure Form application for additional background required information.
  7. AFTER you have submitted the LPS Local Substitute Teacher application, an email will be sent to you with the link to register for your preferred orientation date.  If you have questions, please email: subteach@lps.org
    You will also need to include if you are a current college student in a Teaching Program OR an individual with a bachelor’s degree that is not in education/teaching.
    You will receive an email registration confirmation.
2024-2025 Local Substitute Orientation Schedule
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 29, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Orientations will be held via Zoom.

After orientation, Human Resources will conduct a criminal background check and will determine suitability to substitute teach based upon all of the above information.

*If needed for your permit, Human Resources can email an LPS Superintendent’s Approval letter to the Nebraska Department of Education (and copy you) to approve a Conditional Local Substitute Teacher Permit, please contact subteach@lps.org to request this letter. (note: this letter will not be sent until the completion of an application and background check)

The entire hiring process may take up to 4 – 5 weeks after attending the Local Sub Orientation.

Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Requirements

  1. Register on Nebraska TEACH (The Educator Application and Certification Hub) by visiting https://teach.education.ne.gov/#/User/Register   
    Once registered, complete the Nebraska Department of Education’s local substitute teaching permit application and non-refundable application fee ($75). Provide your personal email address and not your university email address on the application.
  2. Complete the residences in Nebraska for the immediate past 5 years on the on-line application listing all Nebraska residences in order OR complete two fingerprint cards provided by the Teacher Certification office and the non-refundable fingerprint processing fee ($50.) List all Nebraska residences in order, even if you have attended a university, gone home for the summer and returned to a university.
  3. Submit an official college transcript which reflects completion of the required course work as determined by the Nebraska Department of Education. Human Relations Training requirementApproved classes can be found on the Nebraska Department of Education’s website. Human Relations Training Information Page.

If approved, the Nebraska Department of Education will email your local substitute teacher permit to you.  The Local Substitute Teaching Permit is valid for three years and is limited to 90 days (87 days for LPS) of teaching in any school year.  This type of certificate is valid for teaching only in the school system requesting the issuance. 

Commissioner’s Guidance

NDE Certification Applicant Manual

Final step: Onboard With LPS

After receiving your Local Substitute Teaching Permit from NDE:

  1. Email NDE permit to Caitlin Marrow in LPS Human Resources, subteach@lps.org, to register it and have a copy placed in your file.
  2. Provide official transcripts direct from your college(s) to hr@lps.org (electronic transcript) or mailed to LPS at 5905 O St, Lincoln, NE 68510, Attention Human Resources (paper transcript.) Transcripts uploaded to your application or emailed by you DO NOT meet this requirement.
  3. Wait for I-9 and onboarding emails from LPS Human Resources. Complete Section I-9 and then bring in two original forms of identification to HR. See I-9 email for a list of acceptable IDs.
  4. Sign a form stating you are familiar with the LPS Substitute Teacher Handbook and complete additional substitute teacher paperwork.
  5. Acquire an ID badge and parking tag (for high school subbing.)