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How To Be A Substitute Teacher in The United States

Updated on June 6, 2013
English teacher by ben110, Flickr.
English teacher by ben110, Flickr.

Are you looking for a part-time job? Are you interested in teaching but lack teaching certification? Or maybe you just want to try out teaching and see if it is a good fit for you before you to go college to get a degree in education?

If any of those things apply to you, then you should consider becoming a substitute teacher. Both public and private schools in the United States have a need for substitute teachers.

While most substitute teaching jobs are part-time, you may be able to land a long-term substitute teaching gig that is full-time. Usually this happens when a teacher is out for maternity leave or something similar.

About The Requirements for Sub Teaching

You will find that the requirements to be a substitute teacher vary from state to state. Private schools usually have the most lenient requirements for substitute teaching.

In some states, only a high school diploma is required to be a substitute teacher. In other states, you may need to have a college degree in the subject in order to be a substitute teacher.

Like the requirements, the substitute teacher pay also varies greatly from state to state. In fact, it can be just barely minimum wage in some states. As of 2010, the pay scale for substitute teachers ranges from just $35 a day to $140 a day.

If you want to be a substitute teacher in your state, you can look into at the local level. Usually the local school district or the actual school itself will have information on how to be a substitute teacher. Remember that private schools are not part of the school district, so if you want to substitute teacher at a private school just go directly to the private school and speak with someone in the office.

If you are seriously interested in being a substitute teacher, you should know that even if you end up working full-time you will not get benefits. You will also likely have to undergo a background check and maybe even finger printing before you are allowed to substitute teach.


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      Ryder Von Tripe 7 years ago

      Thanks, Rochelle!

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      I subbed for about 12 years. Though, as you said, there are no regular benefits, there was the benefit of having a flexible time.

      If I had a sick kid of my own at home, or had other family needs, I could decline an assignment. Also, in day-to-day assignments, I didn't have to deal with parents, do grading. or a lot of the other paperwork a full time teacher must deal with.

      It was never boring.

      (Welcome to HubPages. Hope you will be full-time here, and discover the benefits.)