Local Substitute Information

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

Step 1: Lincoln Public School's Requirements

  1. You must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) OR be a teacher education student of senior standing (min. of 60 credit hours or above).
  2. Submit an LPS on-line certified local substitute teaching application which can be found under employment opportunities on our lps.org website. (You must include your social security number and date of birth.)
  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 the requirements in Step 3 below.)
  4. Include at least three professional (not family or friends) teaching references with email address. LPS requires a minimum of three teaching surveys returned. Recommendation letters are optional.
  5. Complete the Gallup TeacherInsight on-line interview following the link on the Application Status tab of your LPS application.
  6. Submit the Personal Disclosure Form application for additional background questions located in “Job Listings” on the LPS website.
  7. After completing your online application including transcripts and three references, you can attend a required Local Substitute Teacher Orientation – PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY EMAILING lkasik@lps.org with “Orientation Registration” in the subject line and indicating which orientation you would like to attend.

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 accepted, Human Resources will then email a Superintendent’s letter to the Nebraska Department of Education (and copy you) to approve a Local Substitute Teacher Permit.

Step 2: Nebraska Department of Education Requirements

  1. Register on Nebraska TEACH (The Educator Application and Certification Hub) by visiting https://online.nedoe.org. Once registered, complete the Nebraska Department of Education’s local substitute teaching permit application and non-refundable application fee ($55). 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.
  4. Submit an official transcript for a pre-approved course to meet the Human Relations Training requirement and a class related to education, school, or children. Approved classes can be found here or on the Nebraska Department of Education’s website.

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. [11/13/20 Nebraska Department of Education has announced that all local sub permits will be extended from 90 to 180 days for the 2020-21 school year.]

Step 3: Onboard With LPS

After receiving your Local Substitute Teaching Permit from NDE:

  1. Email NDE permit to Lisa Kasik in LPS Human Resources, lkasik@lps.org, to register it and have a copy placed in your file.
  2. Provide official transcripts direct from your college(s) to humanres@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.)

Once onboarding is complete, you will be eligible to substitute teach 87 days per school year in the LPS school district for 3 years. (180 days for 2020-21)

2021 - 2022 Local Substitute Orientation Schedule

  • Thursday – April 29, 2021, 1st semester (Fall 2021) student teachers are encouraged to attend
  • Wednesday – August 4, 2021
  • Thursday – August 19, 2021
  • Thursday – September 9, 2021
  • Thursday – October 7, 2021
  • Thursday – November 4, 2021
  • Thursday – December 2, 2021
  • Thursday – January 6, 2022
  • Thursday – February 10, 2022

Orientations will be held from 8:00 am-1:00 pm via Zoom. PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by emailing lkasik@lps.org with “Orientation Registration” in the subject line. Submit the LPS Local Substitute Teacher application before emailing to register for the orientation.

Local Sub Orientation Packet

Local Substitute Pay Rates

  • Full Day – $148.41
  • Half Day – $74.20