Do I Want to be a Long-Term Substitute Teacher?

Here’s the scenario: you have been working regularly as a daily substitute in a school. You really enjoy the students and the staff, and you find daily assignments to be engaging and rewarding. You have recently learned that a long-term substitute position has become available in the school. Should you pursue this opportunity?

A long-term substitute job is different from day-to-day jobs, but some teachers find them worthwhile. For one, long-term jobs are a strategic opportunity to gain valuable classroom experience if you are seeking a permanent teaching position. But they are also nice just for the consistency in pay and routine. Before accepting a long-term placement, consider these factors.


When you are teaching in a long term position, you assume all roles and responsibilities of the classroom teacher. While this likely means more work and responsibility, it’s an excellent opportunity to gain authentic experience. This looks great on a resume!

Time frame

Every long-term substitute position is unique; the duration will be discussed beforehand, but this often has to be fluid to accommodate the needs of the school or the teacher who has gone on leave. Recognize that a long-term placement will require you to work regularly. Many substitute teachers enjoy flexible hours and the ability to not work on days when there are personal conflicts or other family or employment obligations. This flexibility is not an option with a long-term placement.


Some long-term positions entitle you to a similar compensation package as a full-time teacher. This might include a salary negotiated by the school or teachers’ union, health insurance, or other healthcare-related benefits. Compensation will vary from district to district so make sure to explore this before accepting the position.

Accepting a long-term substitute position can be a rewarding opportunity. If you choose to accept a long-term position, we can help get you through the experience! Contact us for more information, or check out our blog for excellent teaching tips and resources.

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