If you’re just starting to get your feet wet with substitute teaching, you’ll likely have a lot of questions:
“How do I prepare for my first day?”
“What are the requirements for becoming a sub?”
“Do I need a certification?”
Luckily, we’re here to help get you acquainted with the nuances of substitute teaching. On the topic of certifications, let’s take a closer look at the differences between a certificated and classified substitute, as well as the benefits of both.
Certificated vs. classified sub
While teachers must be certified or working toward a certification, substitutes have some flexibility when it comes to credentials. To be a certificated substitute, you’ll need to earn a credential that proves you’ve obtained the necessary knowledge and skills for the role.
To put it simply, certificated subs are required to have a credential, while classified subs are not.
Benefits of earning a credential
While not all states, schools, or districts require a substitute teaching credential, there are certain benefits to earning one. For example, without a credential, there may be limits on the number of days you can sub in a classroom. With a credential, you earn:
- Credibility: Earning a credential proves that you have met a certain set of standards and are qualified and competent to run a successful classroom. Additionally, having a credential increases your chances for upward career advancement.
- Flexibility: When you earn your teaching credential, there’s (practically) no job you aren’t qualified for! You’ll have access to nearly twice as many roles, allowing you to select only the roles that fit best into your life.
- Stability: Your substitute credential will allow you to stand out against the crowd and qualify for a wider variety of positions, including long-term assignments, paving the way for higher pay and job security.
State specific requirements
- District of Columbia
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Alaska (if subbing for more than 19 days)
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
Please note that whether a credential is required or not, there may be time limits on how long you can substitute teach without one. Additionally, there may be other requirements to get in the classroom (i.e. bachelor’s degree, background check, etc). These requirements are subject to change from district to district.