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Fingerprinting and Criminal Record Checks for Substitute Teachers
With the exception of school closings due to holidays or inclement weather, fingerprinting is available by appointment only during the following times:
  • Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following items are required for your fingerprinting appointment:
  • Valid government/state-issued photo identification, e.g., driver's license
  • Personal check or money order for $60.00 made payable to the GISD
  • Valid or expired teacher's certificate or official transcripts (see information below)

Valid Teacher Certificate
A substitute permit is not required unless your certificate expires. You may substitute outside of your certification’s grade level and subject area for day-to-day, short-term assignments. You may not to exceed 90 days in the same classroom. Upon receipt of a satisfactory criminal history report, the GISD will add your information to the GISD List of Substitute Teachers with a Valid Michigan Teacher's Certificate.

Expired Teacher Certificate
You must obtain a substitute teacher permit. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will email a $45.00 payment link to you that is payable only with a debit or credit card. Once paid, your substitute teacher permit is valid until August 31st of the school year for which the permit is approved and must be renewed each school year. 

Certificate Renewal Procedures
For information on certificate renewal procedures, please visit MDE at http://www.michigan.gov/mde.

Official Transcripts
You must obtain a substitute teacher permit. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will email a $45.00 payment link to you that is payable only with a debit or credit card. Once paid, your substitute teacher permit is valid until August 31st of the school year for which the permit is approved and must be renewed each school year.

The Michigan Department of Education requires the following regarding Official Transcripts:
  • Must be marked “Official.”
  • Photocopies are not accepted.
  • Completed at least 90 semester or 135 quarter hours (Transferred hours must be reflected on a single transcript)
  • “C” cumulative grade point average or better
  • Transcripts must be from a four-year regionally/nationally accredited college/university
  • Community college transcripts are not accepted

Once fingerprinted, you may begin applying to districts immediately. You are considered a "conditional applicant” until your criminal history report is received and processed by the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and, if necessary, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). GISD will maintain a copy of your criminal history record.

A substitute teacher is permitted to substitute teach on day-to-day, short-term assignments in any public or non-public district within Genesee County. Your permit does not allow for regular or extended assignments (defined as, any assignment to the same classroom for more than 90 calendar days).

Each district and/or substitute placement company would be considered your employer and may have specific employment requirements, such as orientation classes, TB testing, etc. Questions regarding employment should be directed to the district or employment company.

You will not need to be fingerprinted again as long as you remain employed by a school district or educational company with no separation of service greater than six-months. To be considered “current” please ensure that you work at least one day between September – December and at least another day between January – June of each school year. Failure to pay the MDE substitute permit fee, within 30 days, will result in a rescinded permit and will be considered a separation from service.

Download Fingerprinting Procedures 
Fingerprinting procedures for substitute teachers
 
For More Information
For the substitute teacher information line, please call (810) 591-4982. To schedule an appointment, you may call (810) 591-4400.