Substitute Teachers

A new way to become a substitute teacher

(October 2021) Are you interested in serving as a substitute teacher in the Ray-Pec School District? It's a great way to earn extra income, while maintaining flexibility in your schedule, and helping the school district.

You can now become certified as a substitute by completing a 20-hour online course at a cost of $180. Previously, individuals had to have 60 hours of college credit to begin the process.

Here are the steps:

  1. To become a sub for Ray-Pec, you must obtain certification from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Complete an online substitute certificate application. For assistance, follow instructions in the Educator Certification System Help Guide. You will create a profile and complete an application. A $50 fee is required.
  2. Submit required supporting documentation to DESE. This includes transcripts showing college credit or certificate of completion from approved substitute training and diploma (or equivalent).
  3. Fingerprint/background check.

The 20-hour online substitute teacher training course includes professionalism, honoring diversity, engaging students, classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students with special needs, and working with at-risk youth. Take the online training here:  Frontline Education

The cost of the application, online training, and background check will require a total investment of about $275. Substitute teachers are paid $14 per hour. Long-term substitutes are paid at a higher rate. Subs have flexibility in accepting assignments at particular schools or on particular days. 

For more information, read below:

Information for New Substitute Teacher Candidates 

Thank you for your interest in substituting for our school district.  In order to become a substitute teacher for our District, you must obtain a certification from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). To be eligible for a substitute certificate you must either have 60 college hours OR complete the DESE approved online course.   


    • After you have created a profile in our certification system, find the "applications" link in the menu on the left hand side of the screen to see a list of application types.
    • Choose “Substitute” from the list to create an online application.  Complete and submit the application.
    • A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is required.  The fee will be paid at the time the application is submitted online. Fees may be paid by credit/debit card or by e-check.


  • ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS from ALL institutions you have attended must be mailed to:  Educator Certification, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480.  Please be sure to include your Social Security number or Educator ID number on all of the transcripts.  Faxed, scanned, emailed, or photocopied transcripts will not be accepted.  Transcripts become the property of the department and cannot be returned.


    • COPY OF HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA (GED), OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY TEST (HiSET) must be mailed to: Educator Certification, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480. Please be sure to include your Social Security number or Educator ID number. Faxed, scanned or emailed documents will not be accepted. These documents become the property of the department and cannot be returned.


Questions . . . Please contact Debbie Dragoo at 816-892-1321 or


Resources for Current Substitute Teachers

Managing the Technology Based Classroom

Brain Breaks and Engagement