• Substitute Process 

    Applications are now accepted year-round.  


    Step 1:


    If you are only going to sub as a clerical sub, please go to Step 2.


    If you hold a current Missouri Teaching or Substitute Teaching Certificate, you will need the expiration date for the online application.


    ⇒ To obtain your certificate expiration date and FBI fingerprint background clearance date, CLICK HERE to log in to your DESE profile- Teaching and certificate-holding Para subs only.



    IF YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR A SUBSTITUTE CERTIFICATE:  (MO Teaching Cert. holders do not apply for a substitute certificate)

    You must first apply online with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) for a substitute certificate (requires original transcripts showing 60 completed college credit hours to be mailed to DESE Educator Certification - the applicant is responsible for the $50 certificate fee)


    Through an emergency ruling by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, those wishing to sub can have 60+ hours or take the new online exam from DESE if you don’t have 60 college hours.  If you don’t have 60+ college credits, you can find the link to take the new training on the DESE website under Content Substitute


     CLICK HERE to be directed to the DESE website to apply for your certificate.

    (Please use the Nixa Schools code 0428 to schedule your clearance. DO NOT use the DESE code for your background clearance. Nixa MUST be the requesting agency to sub in our school district. See Step 2 below.)


     Step 2:


    Your FBI fingerprint background clearance must have Nixa Public Schools as the "Requesting Agency" You can locate this information at the bottom of your DESE profile page.

    If another district is the requesting agencyyou are required to complete a new FBI fingerprint background clearance using our district code.

    BG Clearance Screen Shot

    *You must have an FBI fingerprint background clearance utilizing the Nixa Public Schools' code (listed below) on file with DESE within the last year. We are not able to accept results if another district's code was used.  


    You will need to enter your FBI fingerprint date and TCN# on the application. 

    This will be on your receipt from the fingerprinting agency. 

    *Your Nixa application paperwork will need to be received in our Business Office within 60 days of fingerprinting in order to verify your results. Otherwise, you may be required to repeat the fingerprinting at your expense.


      To schedule an FBI fingerprint background clearance (the applicant is responsible for the $41.75 fee)   

    Please use the Nixa Public Schools code: (0428) - Teacher/Student Teacher    

    NOTE THE CODE IN BLUE BEFORE YOU CLICK HERE for the background check procedures.


     No other clearances are acceptable per DESE.




    IF you have completed your certificate application online with DESE (if applicable) AND obtained your FBI fingerprint, you may continue to step 3.  

     We will hold your application as "pending DESE approval."  

    However, You MUST appear in our office to show proof that steps 1 & 2 have been initiated.


    Step 3: 


     Complete the substitute application here.


    *After submitting the forms online, a member of human resources will obtain E-Verify confirmation and process your application.  

    We will notify you by email as applications are processed.

    Returning substitutes are utilized for the first few weeks of school to allow for applications to be processed and substitute training to take place.

    We appreciate your patience.


    Summer Hours for the Faught Administration Center:

    June - 6:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday CLOSED FRIDAYS

    July - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday CLOSED FRIDAYS


    (If you need to come to the office outside of the posted hours in July, please call ahead at 417-724-6720 to make an appointment)


    QUESTIONS?:  Please email: debbiehartwell@nixaschools.net