Sunday, July 25, 2010

Substitute teaching can be fun and rewarding

Many people work as substitute teachers while they are completing their credential, or waiting for a permanent job to open. But if you like kids, work well with them, have a little on the ball, don't get frustrated easily, and need a part-time job, become a substitute teacher. You may like it and decide to become a regular teacher.

How do you become a substitute teacher?
Most states have similar rules. You probably need a bachelors degree and pass some sort of written test. In California for example, you need a bachelors degree, pass the CBEST Test, get finger printed and have a background check, and apply for a substitute teaching credential. Normally you can do this all through your local school district. Just come by the personnel office and tell them you want to be a substitute teacher. Normally districts hiring them on a constant basis, as some quit or get regular jobs.

Many times, the district will want you to attend a substitute teaching workshop or seminar to get you started.

Many people treat a substitute teaching position as if it were a babysitting job or crowd control. Most times it is, especially at the upper grade level. However, at younger grades, you actually get to teach and interact with students. Not a bad way to earn some money.

In large districts in California and across the country, substitutes make between $100 and $200 a day, even more for long term. Most times you need some type of higher credential to do a really long term sub position. That's not a bad bit of money. However, some days can be quite unpleasant. Substitute teachers are not treated as well in the upper grades. But many love the upper grades and do just fine. Many stick with 4th grade and below.

Many districts are short on sub teachers, so the chances of you working 1 to 2 days a week is pretty good. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed a daily job. Sometimes you work a lot, sometimes not at all.

Check into substitute teaching. It may lead to a future career as a teacher!

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