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Substitute Opportunities & Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in serving as a certified substitute teacher in Butler and Warren County. The new step-by-step process for substituting, since the 2012-2013 school year, is located by clicking, Steps to Becoming a SWO-COG Substitute, at the top right corner of this page, across from the COG logo.

SPECIAL NOTICE: For any RETIRED EDUCATORS, the SWO-COG will waive the $30 registration fee.

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 County Educational Service Center (BCESC)
  • 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
  • SWOCOG Paraprofessional
  • Warren County Vocational School District
  • Warren County Educational Service Center (WCESC)
  • 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.

Reference Materials

BCESC EZpay Directions
Employee Kiosk
Frequently Asked Questions
Guide Through a Substitute Day
Health Care Notice for SWO-COG Subs
Long-Term Substitute Form 2017-18
ODE HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) Toolkit
Public School Works - Link
Public School Works - Directions
SWO-COG Pay Date Schedule 2018-2019
SWO-COG Sub Accident Report Procedures
SWO-COG Sub Accident Report Form
Substitute Employee Handbook
SWO-COG Contact Information

Butler County ESC
400 N. Erie Blvd., Suite A
Hamilton, OH 45011
  • Anna Hennig (Absence Management Training/Support & HQT)
  • (513) 887-5508

Warren County ESC
1879 Deerfield Rd.
Lebanon, OH 45036 _________________________________________________

SWO-COG Operation Hours

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

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 - Call Rhonda @ 513-887-3710

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

Background Checks Hours (BCI/FBI)
Mon-Thurs: 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Friday: 8:30a.m. to 3:00p.m.
May vary for holidays; feel free to call ahead @ 513-695-2900
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!


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