How to become a Guest Teacher?
First, be sure to reach out to Human Resources at HR@MPCSD.ORG - we are happy to help guide you through the process below to get you started as a Guest Teacher for MPCSD!
Requirements to become a Guest Teacher:
Have a 30-day substitute permit issued from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Here are the steps to obtaining a 30-day sub permit:
1. Fingerprints for CTC & the District. (complete forms provided by HR: 41-LS and Request for Livescan and go to Post N More in Menlo Park for fingerprinting. The fingerprinting fee is $104). This must be completed before you apply for a certificate of clearance.
2. Next, apply for a certificate of clearance:
Go to www.ctc.ca.gov, create an educator log in, and then apply for a Certificate of Clearance. Please watch the video here for instructions on how to do this. Please note there is no fee for the Certificate of Clearance. Once you have applied for this, please let HR know.
3. Official transcripts clearly stating conferral of a Bachelor's Degree. Have official transcripts for your undergraduate degree sent directly to HR from your college. Most colleges will send them electronically (which saves time).
4. Satisfy basic skills requirement
5. Complete Request for 30-day sub app (form provided by HR)
6. Complete TCC (form provided by HR)
If you held a 30-Day Emergency Substitute Permit in the past and need to complete the renewal process, please follow the steps provided by the CTC.
Welcome to the MPCSD Guest Teacher homepage
I have been fingerprinted in the past for another district/organization. Will I need to be fingerprinted again?
- Yes, because you will be a Guest Teacher with the Menlo Park City School District, you will need to be fingerprinted specifically for our District. Fingerprint results are not shared between employers.
I had an Emergency 30-Day Substitute Permit that has expired; how do I renew it?
- To renew a substitute permit, visit the CTC website and follow the prompts to renew. You will need a Visa or MasterCard for the online renewal process. Please don’t hesitate to contact the MPCSD HR Department for renewal help!
When I renew my credential/permit, do I need to be fingerprinted again?
- Once you hold a credential with CTC you will not be required to be printed for CTC again, unless your credential/permit has been expired for more than 18 months. In that case CTC would require a new livescan clearance. If you do not renew a credential on time and you are working as a Guest Teacher for the Menlo Park City School District, your paycheck will be held and you will not be allowed to work until the document is renewed.
I have a credential issued from a state other than California; what do I need to do?
- In California, all teaching, services and administrative credentials are issued by the CTC. Although you may apply directly to CTC for a California credential based on a teaching credential from another state, we recommend making an appointment with our HR Department to assist you with the fingerprinting and paperwork. The requirements for a California teaching credential based on an out of state teaching credential may be found on the CTC website. CTC takes approximately 50 days to process an application.
Is the pay rate the same for all Guest Teacher assignments regardless of the grade level?
- Yes, the daily pay rate for Guest Teachers starts at $200 per day.
How long does it take to get an Emergency 30-Day Substitute Permit, and what is it?
- As a district the San Mateo County, we are required to submit all credential applications through the County Office of Education. Depending on the processing timeline of the office, this process can take between 10-14 days.
- While the permit is called the "30-Day Substitute Permit,” the permit is valid for one full year from the issuance date. The holder of this permit is restricted to working no more than 30 days in one general education assignment and 20 day in a special education assignment.
If I’m working on the 30-Day Substitute Permit, what happens after 30 days?
- While the permit is called the 30-Day Substitute Permit,” the permit is valid for one full year from the issuance date. The holder of this permit is restricted to working no more than 30 days in one general education assignment and 20 day in a special education assignment.