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How To Become A Substitute Teacher in Ohio

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

Ohio is a large, populated state with an equally as large need for substitute teachers.

There are public and private schools throughout the state of Ohio where you can be a substitute teacher.

In certain areas of Ohio, there is such a high need for substitute teachers, and a lack of applicants, that bonuses are being offered to entice sub teachers.

So, if you want to be a substitute teacher in Ohio, there has never been a better time to do so.

In Ohio, you must be certified to be a substitute teacher at a public school. When you are certified, you are given a substitute teacher license. This license is only good for the state of Ohio.

Getting a substitute teacher license in Ohio is not as difficult as you may think. You must hold a Bachelor's degree and undergo certain tests and procedures. However, is smaller areas of the state you may be able to get by with just a high school diploma.

There is an Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers that can help out anyone interested in being a substitute teacher at a public school in Ohio. Or you can visit your local public school district office. There is also Ohio Substitute Teacher Training offered in the state, but it is not mandatory.

If you want to substitute teach at a private school in Ohio, you can visit that school office.

The average daily pay for a substitute teacher in Ohio is $70.

Why Work As A Substitute Teacher?

There are several reasons why someone may want to take up employment as a sub. One of the main reasons is that it is an easy way to determine is a career as a teacher is a good fit for you. Instead of going to college for a teaching degree and learning that you do not enjoy working as a teacher, start out working as a sub teacher to see how you feel about it.

Another great reason for this type of employment is that it has great hours. This is especially true for people who have kids already in school. This allows parents to work and still be home when the kids get out of school.

You also can usually get paid more to work as a substitute than you can at other types of part-time jobs. And when you consider the great hours, you realize that it really is a pretty good deal.

Another benefit of this type of job is that you can often choose when you want to work. Say you get a call to sub but you have errands to run, no problem because you can turn them down.

Sub teaching work is never boring either since you often can do it at different area schools. This means that you get to work with kids of all ages in all different grade levels. One day you could be subbing in a 2nd grade reading class and the next day in a high school biology class. It can really end up being a lot of fun. You may even end up subbing in the classroom of one of your own kids!


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