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How to become a Substitute Teacher

Although each state has different requirements for becoming a substitute teacher, you probably need some college course credits. If a substitute teaching license is required in your state, you must apply for one. You then need to take any testing required to receive the license. Once all other necessary steps have been taken, you can apply to enter the substitute teacher pool in your area.

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Typical qualifications for a Substitute Teacher

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Substitute Teacher jobs in United States

Northpointe Christian Schools4.7
Grand Rapids, MI
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22 hours ago
Old Redford Academy2.8
Detroit, MI
$175 a day
22 hours ago
Springfield Christian School3.3
Springfield, IL
22 hours ago
Broward County Public Schools3.8
Deerfield Beach, FL
22 hours ago
Archdiocese of Detroit3.7
Port Huron, MI
5 months ago
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Education levels for Substitute Teachers

Based on the requirements of Substitute Teacher job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
Bachelor's degree5.0%
High school diploma or GED4.0%
Associate's degree3.0%
Master's degree2.0%
Doctoral degree1.0%
Middle school education0.0%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Substitute Teacher in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$27,000
4 - 8$28,300
8 - 12$30,400
12 - 16$32,100
16 - 20$32,000
20 - 24$32,800
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Common questions about career advices for a Substitute Teacher

Can you become a substitute teacher without a teaching degree?

Substitute teachers are not required to complete a teaching degree or a teacher education program.

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What skills and qualities should a substitute teacher have?

Some of the qualities and skills that a substitute teacher should have are passion, interpersonal skills, adaptability, flexibility and confidence.

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How can substitute teachers prepare for their first day of substitute teaching?

First-time substitute teachers can arrive at the school early and introduce themselves to the secretary or school administrator. They can introduce themselves to the class in a fun way and at the end of each class, prepare a report for the permanent teacher that details accomplishments as well as any problems arising.

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