What does a Substitute Teacher do?

Substitute Teachers are teachers that fill in for full time teachers either on a temporary basis. This could mean for a day , week or even months. Generally they work in a particular school in smaller districts or float between multiple schools between multiple grades and subjects. Because of this it is rare for substitute teachers (often know as subs) to specialize in a particular subject. Subs and Teachers in general only work 9 months out of the year and do get to take the same vacation schedule we all got in school. However they do have some drawbacks. Teachers get paid a salary meaning they get paid the same no matter how many hours they work. Some weeks may only be 38 and others may be 60 due to papers needing to be graded and lesson plans needing to be reworked.

How much do Substitute Teachers make?

According to Glassdoor.com Substitute Teachers make an average of $75,827 per year but I think a realistic estimate is about 30,000 less than that. Our system will say $45,827. but that seems high as hell to me. Depending if you are part time or full time. If you are part time I would expect to make $20,000 to $40,000 but most likely you’d be full time and I’d expect $40,000 to $75,000 on the absolute highest estimates. Glassdoor.com did have someone reporting they made $200,000 as a Sub which likely bumped estimates up. Another thing to note is pay varies based on the location you are teaching in from the state, city and even down to the district.

What kind of education is needed to become a Substitute Teacher?

To become a Substitute Teacher you need a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in the state you are applying. Generally the degree you have doesn’t much matter as long as you get your teaching certificate. A thing to mention is certain states like Texas don’t even require a bachelor’s degree because of a recent teacher shortage.

How Do You become a Substitute Teacher?

To become a Substitute Teacher you must get a teaching certificate and if required in your state you must also get a degree of any kind from a credited college. Check your states requirements (here)

What are possible Substitute Teacher promotions?

After becoming a substitute teacher it is very likely that your next promotion would be a full time position as a teacher within the district you work or a different district. From there you could advance to a Principal or statewide education management.

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