What does a Substitute Teacher do?
Substitute Teachers work for public school districts or private schools to offer emergency support for classrooms, fill long-term absences or help cover a class during a transition period. They accept assignments on a flexible schedule and may be called to fill-in the morning of the school day. Substitute Teachers track attendance, administer quizzes and tests, explain assignments, collect homework and provide general supervision during class periods. Substitute Teachers work with students individually or as a group to keep up with the regulalr curriculum. They read lesson plans and teach them to the students, providing guided instruction on their subject.
Substitute Teacher skills and qualifications
A strong candidate for the Substitute Teacher position will possess the following skills and qualifications:
- A valid and current Substitute Teacher license (if required in your state)
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in education
- Strong English verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to lead and instruct students of all ages
- General knowledge of several subjects
- Ability to adapt plans to specific classrooms
- Flexibility and critical-thinking skills
Substitute Teacher salary expectations
A Substitute Teacher makes an average of $9.18 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.
Substitute Teacher education and training requirements
Substitute Teachers need at least some undergraduate education, though most districts prefer candidates with bachelor’s degrees in education or a similar subject. Some districts require Substitute Teachers to be certified while others don’t. Any training programs or Teacher preparation courses would also be an asset that demonstrates the candidate’s familiarity with effective instruction methods and classroom management.
Substitute Teacher experience requirements
The experience requirements for Substitute Teachers typically aren’t as high as they are for full-time, regular Teachers. However, it is advantageous to have a candidate who already has experience working with children and instruction, whether that’s in the form of past substitute teaching assignments or in related roles such as Daycare Assistant, Tutor or Camp Counselor.
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