Substitute Teaching

Effective January 2017, the Copper Country Intermediate School District, in consortium with a majority of its constituent local school districts, has contracted with Professional Educational Services Group (PESG) to provide substitute teacher services. The Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium and Keweenaw (CLK) will be providing substitutes through another company, Good Marks for Schools (GMS).

Qualifications are a valid Michigan teaching certificate or minimum of 90 semester credit hours from an accredited two or four year college or university (2.0 grade point or higher), and be able to pass a criminal history background check and employment unprofessional conduct background check.  PLEASE NOTE:  With the passage of Public Act No. 236 of 2018, the credit requirement is being reduced to 60 semester credit hours.  This change will be effective on September 25, 2018.

Before starting the application process, you should review the Frequently Asked Questions for more complete details concerning qualifications, background checks, reporting of future offenses, and permits.


PICK UP OR REQUEST A BACKGROUND CHECK PACKET FROM THE CCISD: Pick it up at our 809 Hecla Street, Hancock, facility between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; or contact Peggy Myllyoja at (906)482-4250, ext. 182 or to request a packet be sent to you.

GET FINGERPRINTED: Complete the applicant information section of the LiveScan Fingerprint Request Form that you will find in your background check packet and bring it, along with picture ID, to the Baraga, Houghton or Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. You MUST have this form with you when you get fingerprinted, as there is a code on the form (850E) which the officer will need to identify the recipient of the results. Houghton County has a preference for Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, Baraga does fingerprinting on Mondays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., and the Keweenaw office requires an appointment (call 337-0528 to set up a time). Once you have been fingerprinted, the LiveScan form will be returned to you and the results of your fingerprinting will be sent to the CCISD. Save your LiveScan Form, as you are required to return it to the CCISD. It provides your consent for the school district to use your fingerprint results. Applicants are responsible for the cost of fingerprinting, which is $64.25 at the Baraga and Houghton County Sheriff’s offices and $49.25 at Keweenaw County (fees are subject to change).

If you have been fingerprinted for employment at another Michigan K-12 school system on or after January 1, 2006, and there hasn’t been a lapse of service of 12 months or longer, there is another form in your packet which can be filled out giving your former school permission to release your report to us. If the previous school does not have your fingerprint report or has implemented a policy of not releasing this information, you will have to get re-fingerprinted.

BRING OR SEND DOCUMENTATION TO CCISD: The LiveScan Fingerprint Request Form (RI-30), Michigan Waiver Agreement and Statement Form (RI-88), and the Permission to Share with Local Constituent School District Form in the packet must be returned to Peggy Myllyoja at the CCISD. They may be mailed, faxed to (906)487-5915 or emailed to However, the other Permission to Share form described in #2 above only needs to be filled out if we must obtain your fingerprint report from a previous school.

SIGN UP ONLINE: Go to PESG’s website at, follow the application instructions and complete their required online trainings. If you encounter problems or have questions contact PESG at 866-782-7277.

ATTEND A PESG ENROLLMENT MEETING: PESG staff will visit the CCISD once per month to enroll employees. You can select your 15-minute appointment time during the sign-up process. Be sure to bring any documentation requested (i.e., certificate, transcripts, I-9 form and IDs).

PAY YOUR PERMIT BILL (IF APPLICABLE): PESG will apply for permits for non-certified subs, including those with expired Michigan certificates. Permit bills are emailed directly to applicants from the State and the $45 fee must be paid by the applicant prior to inclusion on the active sub teacher list.



MPSERS RETIREES: Retired school employees who are collecting a pension from the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS) should not sign up for subbing through PESG, and are paid via local district payroll. Those who have unexpired Michigan teaching certificates can sub on a day-to-day basis by contacting the schools at which they want to work. Those who do not have teaching certificates or have expired certificates will need an annual sub permit in order to serve in this capacity. Please contact your local school district or Peggy at the CCISD to request a permit, as the school could be penalized if you work without this coverage.

CLK ONLY SUBS: If you would like to apply to substitute teach for the CLK Schools, please contact their Superintendent’s office at (906)337-0311, ext. 1217, or visit them at 57070 Mine Street in Calumet. (If you want to apply for other schools outside the CLK district, be sure to follow the PESG application process.)

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