Licensing – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I apply for a Substitute license? Is it faster (than waiting for my full license)?
A: Not really. Initial licenses (Sub or Tier) require your 4 year degree to be posted, fingerprinting and a background check, and PELSB has 30 days to process your application either way. The only difference between a Sub license and a Tier license is the recommendation from BSU.
Q: How long does the licensure process take?
A: If you have submitted all required documentation (including testing and relevant transcripts and plans of study) and your degree has been posted, the BSU portion takes 1-2 weeks. This varies depending on the time of year. Once you send everything to PELSB, they have 30 days to process your application.
Q: I’ve been offered a long-term subbing position. What license should I apply for?
A: If your degree has been awarded you may apply for a Tier 2 license – with the school district applying jointly with you. If you’ve attempted all required tests and have official scores on file BSU may recommend you for the Tier 2 license. This will grandfather you in against future licensure changes.
Q: I’m a Special Education or FasTrack student and/or I already have a 4 year degree. What should I do?
A: If you already have a 4 year degree, you do not need to wait for BSU to ‘post your degree’ before applying for your license. However, the Certification Officer (Aspen) will need an approved plan of study on file, signed by your advisor or program director, confirming you’ve completed the coursework and field experience requirements. Also, if you are using courses from other institutions, make sure BSU has those transcripts on file.
Q: What are the most common delays to receiving your license?
A: Not taking your tests in a timely manner – so that you have to wait for your test scores to be released (takes approximately a month)
A: Not sending your entire application packet to PELSB in ONE envelope (sending pieces at a time causes delays and risks losing pieces)
A: Not signing your application with actual pen ink