Become a California Substitute Teacher

Substitute teachers play an important role in our public schools. They take the place of full-time teachers when they are sick, or otherwise unable to get to school. Many California substitute teachers are retired teachers who wish to continue teaching but on a more part-time basis. However, the majority of substitute teachers are future career teachers who want to learn the ropes and decide whether teaching is truly for them.

Substitute teaching in California is a great way to give back to your community in a work environment full of young, promising minds.

If you believe substitute teaching in California may be the gateway to your future career, you should understand that substitute teacher salaries are lower than for certified, full-time teachers. However, there are many other benefits to substitute teaching, not the least of which is the flexibility it gives you. Click on the following link to find out how to become a teacher in California .

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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in California

Complete the following steps to become a substitute teacher in California:

  • Complete a Bachelor's Degree and attach your official transcript to your application packet.
  • Complete the Application form 41-4 found here. Check "substitute" where appropriate.
  • Include the proper application processing fee, which depends on the type of credential you are applying for, payable to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Attach passing scores from the CBEST exam
Send to this address:
State of California
Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Certification, Assignment, and Waivers Division
Attention: Applications
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95811-4213




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