How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Alabama

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

Alabama Substitute Teaching Requirements

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

  • Alabama Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Proof of High School Completion
  • Completed Application

Get Your Alabama Fingerprint Clearance Card

In order to become a substitute teacher in Alabama, you are required by the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999 to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check through the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A document detailing this process is provided here: Alabama Applicant Processing Service (AAPS)Fingerprinting Overview. Because the process takes about 5-8 weeks, we recommend you apply for a fingerprint clearance card before submitting any other required paperwork for a substitute position.

Proof of High School Completion

Provide proof of having obtained a high school diploma or the equivalent, such as a general education diploma (GED).

Complete Your Application for Certification

In addition to your proof of High School Completion, you should download and complete an application for a substitute teacher’s license (Form SUB). Applications are available at any school district office or by download at the Alabama Department of Education Document Download Page. Complete the application form and submit it along with the $30 application fee to the Alabama State Department of Education. This fee can be submitted online or as a money order or cashier’s check.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Alabama

The daily rates for substitute teaching may vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Alabama classroom.

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent $65.00
  • 4 Year College Degree $80.00
  • Certified $100.00
  • *Certificated for extended period vacancies $193.28

Additional Resources

Many substitute teachers go on to become teachers. Learn how to become a teacher in Alabama.

Alabama State Department of Education
Teacher Education and Certification Office
5201 Gordon Persons Building
Post Office Box 302101
Montgomery, AL. 36130-2101
Telephone: (334) 242-9977
Fax (334) 242-0498

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