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Substitute Opportunities & Recruitment

SPECIAL NOTICE: For any NEW RETIRED EDUCATORS, the SWO-COG will waive the $30 registration fee. Click Attention Retired Educators for more information.

Thank you for your interest in serving as a certified substitute teacher in Butler and Warren County. The new process, since the 2012-2013 school year, for substituting in all school districts listed is below. Please read the information contained on this page carefully.

The Southwest Ohio Council of Governments (SWO-COG) is a partnership between Butler County ESC and Warren County ESC and is the exclusive provider of all certified substitute teacher processing services for the following districts:

Butler County School Districts

  • Butler Tech
  • Edgewood City Schools
  • Fairfield City Schools
  • Hamilton City Schools
  • Lakota Local Schools
  • Madison Local Schools
  • Monroe Local Schools
  • New Miami Local Schools
  • Ross Local Schools
  • Talawanda Schools

Warren County School Districts

  • Carlisle Local
  • Franklin City Schools
  • Little Miami Local Schools
  • Middletown City Schools
  • Springboro City Community Schools
  • Wayne Local Schools

Job Specific Credential Requirements

Certified Substitute Teacher:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (Ability to apply online for Ohio Department of Education Substitute License) OR:
  • Valid Teaching Credential issued by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE)
  • HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) - In order to apply you must have a current teaching license. For further information, click on the link, ODE HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) Toolkit, located below, under Reference Materials.

Click the Links Below for:

Steps To Becoming a SWO-COG Substitute
Directions for ODE Online License Applications
Returning Substitute Information
Inactive Substitute Information

Reference Materials

Aesop Substitute Phone Guide
BCESC EZpay Directions
Employee Kiosk
Frequently Asked Questions
Guide Through a Substitute Day
Health Care Notice for SWO-COG Subs
ODE HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) Toolkit
Ohio Fraud Reporting System Form
Public School Works - Link
Public School Works - Directions
SWO-COG Pay Date Schedule 2016-2017
SWO-COG Sub Accident Report Procedures
SWO-COG Sub Accident Report Form
Substitute Employee Handbook 2016-17
WCESC Programs--Tips for Substitutes

Register for one of our upcoming non-mandatory trainings for any of our SWO-COG certified substitutes who have already been through one of our mandatory sub orientation sessions:

Successful Classroom Strategies

  - Friday, January 20, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Butler County ESC

For more info or to register, click on the link below:

SWO-COG Contact Information

Butler County ESC
Anna Hennig (Aesop & HQT)
400 N. Erie Blvd., Suite A
Hamilton, OH 45011
(513) 887-5508

Warren County ESC
Jeri Murray (Payroll, Employee Kiosk, Employment Verification, Public School Works, and copies of Employee's Files)
1879 Deerfield Rd.
Lebanon, OH 45036
(513) 695-2900, Ext. 2003

SWO-COG Operation Hours

Butler County Office
Tues & Thurs: 1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Wed: 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Monday & Friday: Closed

Warren County Office
Tues-Thurs: 9:00a.m. to 2:30p.m.
(Closed from 12:00-1:00 for lunch)
Monday & Friday: Closed

SWO-COG Background Checks Hours
(BCI & FBI):

Tues: 9:00a.m.-11:00a.m.
Thurs: 1:00p.m.- 3:00p.m.
Fees: BCI-$30 and FBI-$35; Both-$60
Required online BCESC EZpay pre-payment
Bring a copy of your pre-payment receipt(s)
Appt. required--Rhonda Miller 513-887-3710

Tues- Thurs: 9:00a.m.-2:30p.m.
Fees: BCI-$30 and FBI-$35; Both-$60
Required online BCESC EZpay payment
Bring a copy of your pre-payment receipt(s)
No Appt. required!


August 18, 2015 Testimony
Cari Wynne, Supervisor
Butler County Educational Service Center Success Program


Special March 2016 Governing Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Special July 2015 Governing Board Meeting
Monday, July 6, 2015


400 North Erie Blvd, Suite A
Hamilton, Ohio 45011
(513) 887-3710