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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Georgia

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If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Georgia, the following information will help guide you through the process.

Georgia Substitute Teaching Requirements

To become a substitute teacher in Georgia, here's what you'll need:

  • At least a High School Diploma or a GED but most districts seek individuals with some type of Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution
  • Fingerprinting/Background Check
  • SUbstitute Teacher Training
  • Some districts require a certain amount of previously paid or volunteer teaching hours while others simply desire it

Get Your Georgia Fingerprint Clearance Card

Applicants must complete and pass a fingerprinting/background check. This can be facilitated by the the Human Resources Office of the district for which you are applying. There is a fee associated with the process that varies according to district.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive pay for that level. Although Bachelor's Degrees are not required for teaching in all districts, proof of highest level of education must provided.

Complete Your Application for Certification

The Georgia Board of Education has established a priority order of qualifications for substitute teachers in Grades K-12. Based on on this priority it can be assumed that substitute teachers positions are granted to those who possess the following in the given priority: 1. A valid Georgia teacher certificate 2. An expired Georgia teacher certificate 3. A valid or expired out-of-state teaching certificate 4. A completed baccalaureate degree or higher Georgia Teacher Certification information can be found at the Georgia Department of Education Teaching Certification website.

Submit Your Application

Applications for substitute teaching can be obtained at the district to which you wish to apply. Completed applications should be returned to district offices.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional network members for letters of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Georgia.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Georgia

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's an example of what a substitute teacher make each day teaching in the Clayton County School District in Georgia. Daily Substitute Teacher rates for those possessing a 4-year baccalaureate degree or higher:

$83.00/day worked

For Long-Term Substitute Assignment, which involves 10 or more consecutive days for the same classroom, the pay increases because of the additional responsibilities and work involved in the assignment.

  1. Rank 1 -(Valid Georgia Teaching Certificate) 127.00 (days unlimited in-field) Exception: If a Rank 1 sub works long term for Pre-K teacher the pay is $110 per day worked
  2. Rank 2 (expired GA teaching certificate) $110.00 (up to 45 days)
  3. Rank 3 (out of State teaching certificate, valid or expired) $110.00 (up to 45 days)
  4. Rank 4 (Bachelor Degree or higher without certification) $110.00 (up to 45 days)

Long-term assignments are only provided to substitutes that have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree or higher.

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