If you have a passion for teaching but don’t have the time or money to commit to earning your certification, substitute teaching is an excellent opportunity to explore your career path. It can also help you build core teaching skills, like classroom management and clear communication. Many school districts are interested in subs who have experience in their subject areas or specializations, and being a sub at a particular school district can improve your chances of becoming a permanent teacher in the future.

Becoming a substitute is an easy way to gain entry into the teaching profession, and it can be a rewarding experience as well. However, it is important to understand the requirements and responsibilities of the role before you get started.

Most schools and districts have an online portal that substitute teachers can use to view available assignments. They may also text or email subs when opportunities are available, which could be 30 minutes before school starts or during the middle of the day. Being responsive to these requests will make the school more likely to call you back for future assignments.

You can choose to become a certified substitute teacher by completing a four-year bachelor’s degree program in education or another field related to teaching. For example, a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education will teach you how to instruct students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Other options include a bachelor’s degree in special education, which prepares you to work with students with disabilities.