Jan 13, 2022 10:00 PM

State Board passes emergency declaration to assist in substitute teacher shortage

Posted Jan 13, 2022 10:00 PM
Substitute teacher Serle McNeil leads an algebra class at Andover High School. McNeil is one of a team of full-time subs rounded up last year to fill in a suddenly chronic shortage. Suzanne Perez / KMUW
Substitute teacher Serle McNeil leads an algebra class at Andover High School. McNeil is one of a team of full-time subs rounded up last year to fill in a suddenly chronic shortage. Suzanne Perez / KMUW

The Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday, Jan. 12, unanimously approved an emergency declaration that allows any individual meeting certain qualifications to apply for a Temporary Emergency Authorized License (TEAL).

This action will help solve the substitute teacher shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any TEAL obtained through the emergency declaration will expire June 1, 2022. After that date, individuals will have to meet the more rigorous requirements for a substitute teacher license.

Usually there is a minimum requirement of 60 semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university in order to obtain an emergency substitute license. The emergency declaration removes this minimum requirement for the TEAL. However, candidates must:

  1. Meet the minimum age requirement of 18.
  2. Have a high school diploma. Individuals with a general educational development (GED) diploma/certificate aren’t eligible.
  3. Have a verified employment commitment from a district or system.
  4. Be fingerprinted and pass a background check.
  5. Submit a completed application to KSDE.