What does a Substitute Teacher do?

Substitute teachers are responsible for providing instruction and managing classroom environments in absence of the regular teacher. Substitute teachers are required to perform all of the duties of the teacher that they are subbing for. They usually report to the principal at the location to which they are assigned. Substitute assignments can be for just a day, a week, or sometimes for longer periods depending on the absence period of the regular teacher.

Substitute teacher are usually required to have a Bachelor's degree and a teaching credential. Substitute teachers often start substituting on a career path to become a full time classroom teacher.

  • Implement and teache lesson plans and instructions as directed by the absent teacher, or consult with principal or other responsible staff if lesson plan is not provided
  • Maintain a clean, respectful, and orderly classroom, and follow classroom and school procedures as directed by the school
  • Leaves notes or completes a Substitute Teacher Report Form for the regular teacher at the end of the teaching day
  • Communicate in a friendly and positive manner towards parents, students, and administrators
  • Keep records on attendance, accidents and incidents
  • Protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Ensure the safety of students at all times
  • High school diploma or GED, Bachelor's degree, or between 30 and 60 college semester hours (depending on state or type of school)
  • Valid teaching credential preferred
  • Experience working with children and students preferred
  • Ability to communicate comfortably (written and orally) with students, parents/guardians, administrators, and others
  • Ability to follow and enforce rules, policies, and procedures
  • Frequent walking, standing, stooping, and lifting of up to approximately 30 pounds may be required
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Ability to pass a background check

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
0%
8+
75%

Common Skill Sets

CPR First Aid
English Language
Degree IN Education
Teaching Experience
Bilingual
Computer Literacy
Effective Communication
WORKING Relationships

Substitute Teacher Seniority Levels

L2
Substitute Teacher
$32,524/yr
Language Teacher
10% made the transition
Esl Teacher
9% made the transition
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Substitute Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$32,524 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$20K
Median: $33K
$52K
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