SUBSTITUTE TEACHING IN DISTRICT 161

The employees of Summit Hill District 161 are the most important resource in providing a quality educational program. Our staff of 300+ certified and educational support staff members is a team whose first priority is to serve the needs of our students, families, and community. The mission of the District 161 Human Resources office is to contribute to the organization's success by maximizing the potential of staff members in helping students learn.

Interested in Substitute Teaching in District 161?

Please complete the process at the following address:


  • Will County Regional Office of Education

  •  702 W. Maple Rd, New Lenox, IL

  •  815.740.8360

  •  M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


Pursuant to Sec. 10-21.9 of the Illinois School Code, as of January 1, 2011, all teachers seeking a substitute position in Illinois schools are required to register with the Regional Office of Education and qualify for a "Certificate of Authorization" in the county where they wish to teach.

Therefore, the Will County Regional Office of Education will no longer accept applications for the Substitute Teacher List. Prospective substitutes who want to work in Will County schools must now apply for a "Certificate of Authorization" at the Will County ROE.

All substitute teachers currently active on the Will County ROE Substitute Teacher List have documentation on file and are considered to have a "Certificate of Authorization" from the office until further notice.

Fee Schedule

Applicants are responsible for all fees associated with performing a criminal background check. Fees may be paid in cash, personal check, or money order.

Initial fingerprinting and criminal background check $49.00
Re-do fingerprinting on State Level $20.00
Re-do fingerprinting on Federal Level $25.00
Re-do fingerprinting $49.00
Document processing (out-of-county authorization registration) $10.00
Reprint background check $10.00

Needed Documentation

The following must be provided before a "Certificate of Authorization" will be issued by the Will County Regional Office of Education:

  •  Substitute Teacher Information Form
  •  Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status
  •  Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 (Two forms of identification are required in person, i.e. drivers license, passport, social security card, or birth certificate.)
  •  Substitute Teacher Permission Form
  •  Physician's statement of good health and freedom from communicable disease, including tuberculosis, signed by a physician and not more than 90 days old. Please keep a copy of these for your records. Will County residents may contact the Sunny Hill Tuberculosis Clinic.

Schedule an Appointment

Once you have accumulated all of the above-mentioned documentation, call the Will ROE office to set up an appointment for a criminal background check.



If you do not have all of your documentation and fees with you on the day of your appointment, you will have to reschedule.


  • Will County Regional Office of Education

  •  702 W. Maple Rd, New Lenox, IL

  •  815.740.8360

  •  M-F 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.