How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Pennsylvania
If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Pennsylvania, the following information will help guide you through the process.
Pennsylvania Substitute Teacher Requirements
Pennsylvania offers two substitute teacher permits; one for day-to-day subbing and the other for long-term subs.
A Type 06 permit is issued to qualify a person for service as a day-to-day substitute in a single assignment which will not exceed 20 cumulative days. If the assignment will exceed 20 cumulative days, the public school entity should request an Emergency Permit for a long-term substitute (Type 04).
Requirements for a day-to-day sub include:
- Candidates for the Type 06 permit must hold a Bachelor’s degree
- Appropriate application forms and application fee
- Official transcripts in unopened college-sealed envelopes confirming possession of a Bachelor’s degree
- A U.S. licensed physician must complete the Health Certificate section of the application form
- Candidates educated outside of the United States are required to provide official transcripts of studies completed abroad, and an evaluation of those transcripts by a Department-approved foreign education credential evaluation group.
- Candidates who are not U.S. citizens must provide immigration documentation
Long-Term Substitute—No Educational Obligation
A Type 04 permit is issued to fill a long-term substitute position which will exceed 20 consecutive days in a single assignment.
Initial Application Requirements
- The school entity is required to post any long-term substitute position for a minimum of 10 days on the school entity’s website. If no qualified candidate has been identified, a Type 04 permit application may be submitted.
- Candidates for the Type 04 permit must hold Bachelor’s degree and meet all other basic requirements for issuance (see day-to-day sub requirements above).
Subsequent Application Requirements
Obtain Official College Transcripts
You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute permit. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.
Complete Your Application for Certification
Next, complete your application for substitute permit. Each school district has its own application. You may browse the Pennsylvania school districts here. Select the appropriate school district and contact them directly for an application. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and other supporting documents to the school district.
Review and Visit Schools and Districts
Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Some school districts have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the district offices and return them to the same offices when completed.
Letters of Recommendation
While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter 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 Pennsylvania.
Substitute Teacher Pay in Pennsylvania
Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. According to the Pennsylvania School Board Association, the average daily substitute per-diem pay rate is $86. The most frequent pay rate (mode) is $80 per day, and the median pay rate is $85 per day. The minimum reported rate is $70 per day, and the maximum is $155. Learn more about how much money you'll make as a substitute teacher in Pennsylvania on the PSBA website.
Substitute Teacher Jobs in Pennsylvania
If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Pennsylvania, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of Pennsylvania schools districts here.
Resources for Teacher Certification in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation
333 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Harrisburg, PA. 17126-0333
Many subs go on to become teachers. You can become a teacher in Pennsylvania with additional education. If you'd like to learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state, click on one of these neighboring states below.