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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Virginia

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

Virginia Substitute Teacher Requirements

Virginia substitute teacher requirements are handled at the district level. Therefore, to become a substitute teacher in Virginia, you'll need to contact the school district where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of schools in this Directory of Virginia schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Virginia, you will need the following:

  • Minimum of a high school education for non-degreed substitute teacher OR
  • A Bachelor's degree for status as a degreed substitute teacher
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Completed substitute teacher orientation and/or training (completed upon hire through the district)

Get Your Virginia Fingerprint Clearance

Most school districts will require you to complete a fingerprint clearance card that will be sent to the FBI for a background check. The fingerprint packet can be picked up at the district office along with you application for substitute teaching.

Obtain Official Transcripts

You'll need your original transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to receive your substitute certificate. Most districts require you to have bachelor's degree, but some may allow you to substitute teach with a high school diploma. Check with the school district you wish to gain employment with to be sure. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, obtain an application from the district you wish to work for. Some schools have their applications online. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you.

Letters of Recommendation

You may want to begin now asking professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require these recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Virginia.

Substitute Teacher Orientation and Training

Upon hire, most districts will have you complete a substitute teacher orientation or day-long training. This will give you a chance to see how things work as a sub, what all the rules are, as well as general guidelines to help you sub.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Virginia

Rates for substitute teaching vary by district. For example, at Newport News School District, substitutes make $59.93-$121.92 daily. The highest pay is for long-term substitute teaching, while the lowest pay is for non-degreed substitute teachers. Higher pay is usually offered to retired teachers and those holding a valid teaching certificate.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Virginia

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Virginia, 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 Virginia schools districts here.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Virginia Department of Education
Division of Teacher Education and Licensure
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
(804) 225-2022

Learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by click on one of these neighboring states below.


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