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.

What responsibilities are common for Substitute Teacher jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Substitute Teacher jobs?
  • 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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Substitute Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$1,900 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$1K
Median: $2K
$3K
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Substitute Teacher Career Path

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Substitute Teacher Intern
No Salary Reports
Substitute Teacher
$70,000/yr
Head Substitute Teacher
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Substitute Teacher

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
14%
5 - 7
0%
8+
75%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Substitute Teacher Insights

Read what Substitute Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Kelly ServicesKelly Services
Substitute Teacher
30 Apr 2022

“If you want experience teaching this is a great way to start and find what age group you like working with”

Anchorage School DistrictAnchorage School District
Substitute Teacher
4 May 2022

“The schedule as a sub is amazing and provides so much freedom to work and play as you please.”

Katy Independent School DistrictKaty Independent School District
Substitute Teacher
15 Aug 2020

“Incredibly flexible: you choose if you want to work each day and where you want to work.”

State of MinnesotaState of Minnesota
Classified
3 Oct 2020

“The Department I worked in used to be a great place to work and I loved my job.”

Huntsville City SchoolsHuntsville City Schools
Substitute Teacher
5 Jul 2022

“Being pulled last minute to cover classes other than what I was assigned to cover long”

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School DistrictMatanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Substitute Teacher
7 Apr 2020

“I was great to work with so many of of the fantastic employees in the elementary schools throughout the district!”

Children's InstituteChildren's Institute
Substitute Teacher
16 Dec 2020

“I’d give this company one star if it weren’t for the Sub Supervisors who are great to work with.”

Alpine School District (Utah)Alpine School District (Utah)
Substitute Teacher
14 Dec 2021

“There is not enough pay for someone who isn't retired or working another job.”

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Substitute Teacher Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Substitute Teacher

When working as a Substitute Teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR First Aid, English Language, Degree IN Education, Teaching Experience and Bilingual.

The most similar professions to Substitute Teacher are:
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher

The most common qualifications to become a Substitute Teacher is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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