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Back-to-school guide for Arizona substitute teachers

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Welcome back to school, Arizona substitute teachers! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the profession, we’ve got your back. This guide will help you get ready for the upcoming school year, ensuring you have all the tools and information you need to succeed in your substitute teaching journey.

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For returning Swing Subs
For new subs

For returning Swing Subs

As a returning substitute teacher with Swing Education, there are a few key steps to take to ensure a smooth start to the school year:

Download the latest version of the Swing App

Ensure you have the latest version of the Swing app downloaded on your device. The app is your gateway to finding and accepting assignments, tracking your schedule, and managing your profile. Regular updates often include new features and improvements, so keeping it up to date is crucial.

Make sure your certification is up to date

Verify that your teaching certification is current. If your certification is nearing expiration, take the necessary steps to renew it to avoid any disruptions in your ability to accept assignments.

Review your teaching materials and familiarize yourself with any new educational tools or resources that may benefit your students. Prepare to bring your best self to the classroom, ready to make a positive impact on students’ learning experiences.

Need a hand? Check out our ‘Definitive handbook for substitute teaching’ to get started.

For new subs

Starting as a substitute teacher is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in students’ lives. Follow these steps to get started:

Register in a serviced location

Demand for teachers is high in Arizona. In fact, nearly every district in the state reports teacher vacancies that aren’t being filled. 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 you’re interested.

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.

Find out if Swing is operating near you.

Complete screening steps

To become an active substitute teacher with Swing, you’ll need to complete a few essential screening steps in order to be eligible to teach:

Submit a valid Arizona teaching credential

Submit a valid Level One IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card

Once you’ve completed the registration and screening process, you’re ready to start accepting assignments and teaching! Use the Swing app to find available positions that match your schedule and preferences.

Don’t forget about:

Referral program

Do you know friends or colleagues who would make great substitute teachers? Refer them to Swing Education! Our referral program rewards you and your friends. When they complete their first assignment with Swing, both of you will receive $100. It’s a win-win situation – you get to work with people you know and trust, and you both earn extra cash.

Get started with referrals today

At Swing Education, we are committed to supporting our substitute teachers in every possible way. By following this guide, you’ll be well-prepared to start the school year with confidence. Whether you’re a returning sub or new to the profession, Swing Education offers the resources and programs to help you succeed. 

Here’s to a fantastic school year ahead!

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