Substitute Information

Substitute Information 2022-2023

Welcome to Branson Public Schools!

We appreciate your interest in our district.

Welcome to Branson!


PLEASE NOTE: After reading the following information, click this link that will direct you to our new application process:

An application must be completed for both the Missouri Department of Education and Branson Schools.  

After receiving your Branson application, your name will be placed on the next upcoming board agenda as a substitute employee at Branson (you do not need to attend).  After the meeting, those that have met all the certifications and requirements will be invited to a training. Attending a training is mandatory before substituting.

Due to federal regulations governing our payroll, you are required to present your social security card when applying to be a substitute employee at Branson Schools. We will not compensate you for hours worked without presenting your card.

Due to the Healthcare Reform Act, substitutes will be limited to substituting four days during a work-week.

Returning Substitutes

You are considered a returning substitute if you were on the substitute list during the 2021-2022 school year and received at least one payroll deposit. 

Returning substitutes must complete a new application and corresponding checklist.


New Substitutes

 (Including those on the 2021-2022 list, but not employed) 


  • In order to substitute at Branson Schools, with the exception of secretary, you must have a substitute certificate with the state of Missouri.                  

  • We do not accept paraprofessional substitutes without a substitute teaching certificate issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri. 
  • Complete the substitute application and corresponding checklist received after application submission.



In order to apply for a Missouri Substitute Certificate, you must submit all of the following items:


  • You will first need to create a profile in the DESE certification system.  Please follow the instructions outlined in the Educator Certification System Help Guide.
  • After you have created a profile in DESE's 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. Acceptable hours must be completed through a college or university that is regionally accredited through one of the following approved associations: AdvancEd, Higher Learning Commission, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Do not email copies of transcripts. Faxed, scanned, emailed, or photocopied transcripts will not be accepted. Electronic transcripts will be accepted directly from the National Student Clearinghouse. Transcripts become the property of the department and cannot be returned.
  • UPDATE: At its August meeting, the State Board of Education approved the 20 hour online training option for obtaining a substitute certificate. This rule will go into effect late December 2021. DESE will begin working with the training vendor to tentatively open the required training later in the fall. This will allow the opportunity for interested individuals to complete the training prior to December and be ready to submit a substitute application when the rule becomes effective in late December. Notification will be provided when the training is available.  Please see this link:  Frontline Substitute Teacher Training



  • A fingerprint/background clearance must be obtained before a certificate can be issued.
  • FBI/Highway Patrol Background Check Procedures:
  • The 4-digit fingerprinting code for Branson classroom substituting is 2081.

Clerical Substitute Staff

  • Provide a copy of a Missouri fingerprint background clearance dated within 12 months of application or use the following link for fingerprint information:
  • The 4-digit fingerprinting code for clerical substituting is 2082

Nurse Substitute

  • Submit a current copy of LPN or RN license. 
  • Provide a copy of a Missouri fingerprint background clearance dated within 12 months of application or use the following link for fingerprint information:
  • The 4-digit fingerprinting code for nurse substituting is 2082.

Substitute Pay Schedule:  SUB FILES 23.docx