When you begin to substitute teach, it can open many new doors for you. If you are able to substitute teach in school districts that you want to work in, it can increase your chances for being hired into permanent positions when they open up. Substitute teachers can meet many other teachers, principals and administrative staff members at the schools they substitute teach at who can alert them to new positions and recommend them for interviews.
There’s a lot of other perks for those who decide to substitute teach as well. No matter where you decide to substitute teach, you will be able to enjoy your holidays and summer months just as the kids do. And, the pay for substitute teachers is pretty darn good too. It’s very competitive with other part time jobs and some schools also offer special bonuses or incentives for substitute teachers. Plus, substitute teaching can be very fun as well as challenging the more you develop your own style and learn how to command the classroom with authority.
Most districts will require that substitute teachers have at least a bachelor’s of some type, but it does not matter what field the degree is in. Depending on the school district you are working for, you may be eligible for higher pay if you are attending graduate school while substitute teaching part-time to help attain your teaching certificate. Either way, when you begin to substitute teach you should join the union and also carefully review your contracts with each school district. If you do not do this, you run the risk of not being paid as much as you should when you substitute teach at their schools.
Although it gets a bad rap, substitute teaching can be a wonderful and fulfilling job. If you are ready to become a substitute teacher, you can look through our website to find many different substitute teaching opportunities throughout the United States. Good luck and happy teaching!
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