The Complete Guide to Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Arizona

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You’re thinking about becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona — you’ve heard the job can be rewarding and fun — but you might be wondering: What are the requirements to get started? Rest assured: The process is easier than you think!

We’ve compiled everything you need to know in this easy guide about becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona.

MORE GUIDES TO BECOMING A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: New Jersey | New York | Texas | California | Washington D.C.

Is Substitute Teaching Right for You?

Subbing can be a rewarding career choice, whether you’re brand new to the workforce, looking to hone your skills, or if you need something flexible to help pay the bills. Here are just a few reasons why people choose subbing:

Make a difference

Subs are called into classrooms for reason ranging from instances of a teacher on an unexpected leave, to schools searching for new permanent staff, to school districts facing teacher shortages. You can provide support to the students who need it most.

Choose your schedule

As a sub with an organization like Swing Education, you can work when you want and where you want. Subbing can fit easily around your schedule, whether you’ve got an additional job, family, or lifestyle commitments that you want to maintain.

Pick your classroom

They say variety is the spice of life. As a sub, you won’t be limited to a certain subject or school. You can visit the classrooms that are most appealing to you and experience teaching students of different ages and skill levels.

Cultivate your skills

With all of this variety, you can improve your skills as an educator and get the experience you need to meet any teaching challenge. And even if teaching isn’t your main goal, subbing can help you gain in-demand transferable skills, like problem-solving, written and oral communication, and adaptability.

Prepare for a permanent position

Subbing is a great stepping stone to becoming a permanent teacher. You’ll get an education in the character of the schools you visit and build crucial relationships with local communities.

Substitute Teaching in the Grand Canyon State

Arizona has a relatively easy path to certification for substitute teachers. In fact, no additional testing requirements are necessary, although you will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The average yearly income in 2017 for an Arizona substitute was just over $30,000.

Demand for teachers is high in Arizona. In fact, nearly every district in the state reports teacher vacancies that aren’t being filled by qualified candidates. Students are in need of qualified, passionate people in the classroom. Now is the perfect time to enter the profession, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to turn subbing into a full-time teaching career if this is the path that interests you.

Requirements

*Note: Swing Education reimburses all its subs for all costs associated with getting permitted, background checks, and fingerprinting.

How to Get a Substitute Teaching Certificate

To start the certification process, download the four-page application. Find the form here. Then, mail the certificate in along with the following:

  • A $60 processing fee*
  • A photocopy of your Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • A photocopy of your transcripts

*Note: Swing Education reimburses all its subs for all costs associated with getting permitted, background checks, and fingerprinting.

How to Get an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card

Student safety is of the utmost importance in Arizona. Before becoming a substitute teacher, you’ll need to go through a criminal background check. If you don’t already hold an IVP Clearance Card, the first step is to get a fingerprint clearance card with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Identity Verified Prints (IVP). The Department of Safety uses Fieldprint Arizona to process fingerprints. To schedule an appointment:

  • Select “Schedule an Appointment”
  • Register using your email address and password
  • Reason: “Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Paid Employee”
  • Sponsors: “Public and/or Charter School Contractor, Subcontractor, or Vendor and their Employees”
  • Fill out your personal info
  • Enter Swing Education’s address: 700 S Claremont St, San Mateo, CA 94402, #200
  • Select time/place to be fingerprinted

Be prepared to pay $74 to schedule an appointment. Swing Education will reimburse you once you start subbing with us!

There are also details about beginning this process if you’re out of state.

If you already hold an IVP Clearance Card:

  • Provide Swing with your IVP card number

How Swing Education Helps Substitute Teachers in Arizona

If you’re ready to give subbing a try, sign up with Swing Education! Swing helps substitutes earn great rates, when and where they want!

In addition to getting reimbursed for startup costs (such as application fees, fingerprinting, background checks, and TB tests), you will:

  • Access more opportunities with Swing’s network of district, charter, and private schools.
  • Get paid weekly.
  • Enjoy Swing’s excellent Resource Center, which includes helpful information on classroom management, professional development, teaching strategies, and more!

Signing up takes just two minutes. Fill out this background questionnaire, and once you complete the form, our team will be in touch with next steps and answer any questions you may have.

Get started today!

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