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A Few Facts About Substitute Teaching
Percentage of substitute teachers who work at least two years
Substitute teachers that have a permanent teaching license
Percentages of substitute teachers that have a bachelor's degree or higher
Subs that plan to stay in education
- Students end up spending one full year of their K-12 education with a substitute teacher.
- The #1 request by substitute teachers is training in how to successfully manage inappropriate behavior situations.
- The #1 request by permanent teachers and school administrators request that substitute teachers conduct themselves as professional.
- The #1 request by students is that substitute teachers present stimulating lessons and exciting fill-in activities.
- The #1 reason substitute teachers love their job is flexibility. The #2 reason is they like working with students.
Is Substitute Teaching Right for You?
Those who enjoy substitute teaching usually have the following personality traits:
- Desire to work with children ages 5-18
- Able to relate to and appreciate students
- Can inspire a love of learning
- Has a good sense of humor
- Can be flexible and adjusts quickly to unique and changing circumstances
- Sets a good example for the students (model citizen)
- Love to learn
- Willing to try new things
Also, try the following to get an idea of what substitute teaching will be like:
- Volunteer in a classroom
- Attend the school district orientation meeting or a job fair, talk to the Human Resource department to get a feel for what it’s like to be in the classroom
- Review the blog post Reasons it’s Great to be a Substitute Teacher
- If you have a friend or neighbor that is a teacher, ask if you can observe him or her
What Are My State’s Minimum Requirements?
Links to the State Departments of Education can be found here.
*Minimum requirements are current as of 2015, but are subject to change. Check with your state Board of Education or School District for the most current requirements.
**Teaching Certificate Required
How Do I Find My Local School District?
Asking a neighbor who has a child in the school system
Search online for school district offices
Check the local phone book
How Do I Apply to Substitute Teach?
The fastest way to find out what your local school district requires is to visit the school district’s web site. Generally it will outline the necessary steps and you may be able download the required paperwork. Substitute teaching jobs are usually listed under “Human Resources” or “Employment.”
What will it Cost to Start Substitute Teaching?
Depending on specific district requirements, applicants may be required to pay from $50 to $75 for background checks, tuberculosis or other medical tests. Other fees may also be added for orientation, training courses, or licensing, which can range from $40 to $100. You should also be prepared to pay small fees to obtain your diplomas, transcripts, or certifications that may need to be submitted with required paperwork.