Become an Illinois Substitute Teacher

It's relatively easy to become a substitute teacher in Illinois. Substitute teaching is a great way to jump into a classroom setting and decide whether a career in teaching is for you. Not only will you learn tricks of the trade from experienced teachers but you'll also get first-hand experience actually teaching. Nothing beats hands-on teaching to find out what really works for you.

Illinois substitute teachers often find it easier to get full-time teaching positions after getting several short-term assignments. As a sub, you get to check out the school, its administration and students, and they get to see what they think of you. If it's a good fit, a temporary teaching job can turn into a full-time one.

It is important to understand that salaries for substitute teachers are lower than for full-time teachers. But substitute teachers enjoy the flexibility that some full-time teachers envy. Click on the following link to learn how to become a teacher in Illinois.

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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Illinois

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

  • Complete a bachelor's degree, and send your official transcript to the school district you wish to substitute teach in.
  • Specifics of the application process may differ from district to district. You will need to apply directly with each school district you're interested in.

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