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
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Substitute Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$1,200 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $1K
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“I love being able to pick my schedule while going to school and the pay was decent”

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

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

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“Flexible schedule if you’re not long term.... can say yes or no to jobs.”

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Guilford County SchoolsGuilford County Schools
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“Being a substitute teacher for Guilford County was a great way to earn extra money for persons with an unpredictab le schedule or availability.”

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“This is a great place for creative people who need a solid 80$ a day for part time work after taxes.”

Mini UniversityMini University
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“I was a substitute teacher and they had me working a consistent schedule that I was unable to maintain.”

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