How to Find a Substitute Teacher Job

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A terrific part-time, flexible job for parents, retirees, and others looking for employment during daytime school hours is a substitute teacher or teacher's aide. Many districts don't require a teaching certificate for substitutes, so as long as you have a four-year degree, you can apply to be on the call list for substitute teachers.

How to Find a Substitute Teacher Job

With an associate or high school degree, you may be eligible to substitute in an aide or teaching assistant position. Protocols vary by state and county, and even by the district in some areas.

Find Substitute Teacher Job Listings

You can check with the main office in your school district, check the website, or look on your county's BOCES website for prerequisites for the position and how to apply.

Usually, you will find an application to fill out online and some other paperwork that you may need to submit. There may be an essay question on the application where you will have the opportunity to outline the qualities and experiences you possess that qualify you as a sub.

Have References Ready

You will need references willing to speak on your behalf, as you can be certain that they will be called. You should also submit a current resume, focusing on your applicable strengths. Most districts will require fingerprinting and a background check which will cost a nominal fee.

Training Requirements

Many also have online or in person training requirements, dealing with child abuse, bullying, hazardous materials, etc., to make sure that you are equipped to keep students safe. Some of these seminars may also have a fee associated with them.

Once they have received all your materials, you will likely be contacted about any further seminars you are required to attend, and whether your application is complete. Once you have completed all the required training, and have been thoroughly investigated, your name will go on a call list.

Getting on the Call List

Often, certified teachers will be called first, unless someone has a specific request. Make sure that all the teachers you know are aware once your name is added to the list because many districts allow them to request specific substitutes.

Working as a sub is a terrific option for many people because you don't need to accept any assignment that doesn't fit in with your schedule. If you have a child home sick, you don't need to take a call. If you have a vacation planned or have another part-time job, the hours can be tailored to fit your needs.