How to become a substitute teacher may vary depending on the state protocols; however, the following are general guidelines for becoming a substitute teacher in a public school setting.
First, contact the desired school district to speak with personnel director in charge of substitute teachers or research the qualifications and procedures on the district websites.
Generally, substitute teacher candidates are required to have earned 60 credits from an accredited college before being eligible for substitute certification.
Once a candidate can produce an official transcript, he or she should make an appointment to visit with the personnel officer to complete necessary forms and to provide any other required documentation.
The next part of the process is fingerprinting. All persons dealing with students are generally required to undergo a background check and fingerprinting to ensure the safety of any children.
Reimbursement for this process is at the discretion of the district and will be disclosed at the time of the initial visit.
Moreover, the results of this process vary and notification will be typically be sent to the candidate and to the district office for verification.
Following the application and completion of the background check, the substitute teacher candidate will receive a certification or notice to teach in that district, and finally the procedures for securing substitute teaching jobs will be outlined.
There are several ways to find out when sub positions are opened in a school district. In addition to contacting the school directly, many schools provide services like AesopOnline, SubFinder, SmartFindExpress, and WillSub that list available jobs on a website or alert substitute teachers of job openings by telephone.
Once the substitute is in the system, it’s a simple matter of accepting the jobs that are right for them – and usually that’s on a first come, first served basis.