Substitute teaching is a very popular job choice for college graduates. This is a very flexible job, which can be beneficial for college grads who are trying to arrange other job interviews or who are returning to graduate school. What are the job requirements for a substitute teacher? How much do substitute teachers earn a day? Are they entitled to benefits?
Qualifications for Substitute Teachers
The qualifications for substitute teachers vary according to state. While some states only require an associate’s degree, others require a bachelor’s degree. The college degree can be in any subject area. While some school districts require their substitutes to go through an interviewing process, others simply require them to become certification. Certification generally consists of a background check, a child abuse background check and fingerprints. Though there are some schools that require training, others allow substitutes to get their emergency certification and begin working as soon as possible.
Average Earnings for Substitute Teachers
According to the National Substitute Teachers Alliance, daily average earning for substitute teachers are $105 per day. That said, possible earnings for a sub vary widely. While some may earn as little as $20 per day, others may earn as much as $190 per day, also according to the National Substitute Teachers Alliance. Earnings for substitute teachers vary according to the region and, even more importantly, school district. Also keep in mind that substitute teachers who have more experience in the field tend to have higher earnings than entry-level substitutes.
Benefits for Substitute Teachers
Many people wonder whether substitute teachers are entitled to any benefits. This answer is not a simple “yes” or “no,” however. The benefits that a substitute teacher is entitled to vary according to region. In some areas, substitute teachers do not receive any benefits whatsoever. In other areas, they may be part of a union and/or may receive health, dental and vision insurance. Thus, the benefits that a substitute teacher may receive widely vary.
Ultimately, the earnings for a substitute teacher widely vary. Many school districts only allow their subs to work 90 days out of the year. To maximize your earnings as a substitute teacher, you may want to think about applying to several different school districts. This will help ensure that you are receiving daily phone calls to come into work and will also provide you with a greater number of days to work as a sub.
National Substitute Teachers Alliance, “Frequently Asked Questions.”