10 Reasons to Start Substitute Teaching Today

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Substitute teaching is a rewarding career in education. It provides you the opportunity to set your own schedule, earn a steady paycheck, and gain valuable experience, all while helping the schools and students who need it most.

Want to hear more? Here are 10 reasons to start subbing today.

You can make a difference in students’ lives

When a teacher is on leave or when a school is transitioning between educators, it can be a confusing time for kids. Students need qualified subs like you to help them stay on track. You can create a positive learning environment by providing support, attention, and encouragement.

You can help schools that need it most

Schools look to substitute teachers when they are facing staffing shortages. Perhaps a teacher is on maternity leave, was called away for a family emergency, or had an unexpected health problem. Whatever the reason, vacancies at schools are trying and often stress the resources of other educators and administrators. That’s where you come in! Subs take the burden off of existing staff and help keep the school year moving toward learning goals.

You can choose your own schedule

Unlike many positions, substitute teaching allows you to set your own schedule. You can work as often or as little as you want, pick the days you want to be available, and fit subbing into your life — instead of the other way around. This makes it a great option for a wide variety of individuals, such as stay-at-home parents, retirees, artists, and students.

You can continue other work

Since you can determine your own schedule, substitute teaching doesn’t have to be your only profession. If you need to supplement other part-time employment, you can easily slot a sub position into your existing schedule. Or, if your availability fluctuates due to seasonal work, you can sub on your off-seasons without giving up a career you enjoy.

You can pick the classrooms you teach in

While full-time teachers generally keep to a particular school, classroom, and even subject, substitute teachers get to pick and choose the grade levels and subject matter that suits them best. You can sample a variety of different schools and educational cultures, too, to better learn the type of setting that allows you to thrive.

You can network with other teachers

Reaching out to other teachers for support, advice, and guidance can be a great way to expand your skills. These connections can help you get an inside view of the schools you visit, broaden your perspective on the educational system, and put you in a good position to build a career as a permanent educator down the road — or if you want to keep on subbing!

You can expand your skills

Speaking of permanent positions, if you are looking to gain some experience for a career in teaching, subbing is an excellent way to expand your skills. Because you can sub in so many different classrooms, you can gain experience in a wide variety of settings. Substitute teaching also provides valuable transferable skills for other careers, such as problem-solving, public speaking, time management, and experience working with kids.

You can learn a lot

It’s not just the kids who get an education. As a substitute teacher, you’ll learn a lot about yourself — what kinds of classroom activities and subject matter make you the most excited, how you respond to challenging students or classrooms, and how much fun you can have making a difference in kids’ lives. Your students will teach you plenty, too!

You’ll have fun

Unlike an office job, where you know what to expect from 9-5, substitute teaching is really an adventure. The variety, the changing workplace, the new colleagues and students, are all a recipe for adventure.

Not substitute teaching yet?

Getting started as a Swing Education sub can be as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Complete registration
  2. Submit required documentation
  3. Schedule your first day

Ready to head to the classroom? Get started as a sub today!

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15 Comments on “10 Reasons to Start Substitute Teaching Today”

    1. Hi Sejal,

      You need a bachelor’s degree to work with Swing Education partner schools, including kindergarten classes.


      (Swing Education Content and Community Marketing Manager)

  1. I am graduate and did masters in math and also had teaching experience long back in other country and also I was substitute in other state for three years and also I am nominated to substitute in nyc public schools so do I need to take writing assessments and oral is it mandatory?

    1. Hi Cham,

      Specific requirements vary by region, but Swing requires all of our substitute teachers to hold bachelor’s degrees. You can find more information about subbing with Swing Education on this page: https://swingeducation.com/become-a-sub/faq/ — if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our team directly (contact@swingeducation.com).

      Andy (Swing Education Content and Community Marketing Manager)

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  6. Although I am a retired teacher, I love to substitute! I like the students, but I really like setting my own schedule.

  7. I am doing this for OPI credits. I have been teaching for over 20 years, but was still hoping to get some pointers from this.

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