Become a Substitute Teacher Today
Becoming a substitute teacher is a great way to begin a career as an educator. It gives you the opportunity to teach in schools and learn the ropes before making the commitment to becoming a full-time teacher. Teacher World offers you valuable resources to learn how to become a substitute teacher:
- Request information from universities and learn how you can earn your teaching credentials to transition from substitute teaching to teaching full-time in your state.
- Learn about Bachelor Degree Programs and Master's Degree Programs
- Learn about Substitute Teacher Salaries in your state.
Become a Substitute Teacher: Requirements by State
Substitute teacher requirements differ from state to state. Typically, there are two requirements to become a substitute teacher: a college degree and the successful completion of a competency test. However, not all states require these—but on the other hand, some require teacher certification. Click on the states below to find out how to begin substitute teaching in your area.
Substitute Teaching and Classroom Management
After you become a substitute teacher and get your first teaching job, you don't normally have a lot of time to develop a relationship with your students, which can make classroom management challenging. However, classroom management is a basic skill for all teachers, even full-time teachers who see their students every day.
Your goal as a substitute teacher is to create a positive classroom environment so that you can complete the lesson plans the primary teacher wants you to cover. Substitute teachers need to motivate students to learn, but also must maintain discipline and insist that students respect one another. You can create such an environment by following a few fundamental principles. Here are some teaching websites that provide classroom management strategies:
Every substitute teaching job is different. As a daily substitute, some days will be challenging and others will be easier. Sometimes your assignment will only last one day, but other times you'll work in the same school for a week or more. You may be lucky and land a substitute teaching job for a teacher on maternity leave. Sometimes you'll just look after a class while the students complete an assignment that their teacher left. Other times you will do a significant amount of teaching and follow detailed lesson plans. But whatever your experience, once you become a substitute teacher, you'll get a taste for teaching and be able to decide whether you want to become a full-time teacher and get a class of your own.
Substitute Teacher Certification Info by State
Click on your state and find out how to begin substitute teaching in your area.
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