How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Louisiana

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

Louisiana Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Louisiana you will need to get a criminal background check and have your fingerprints taken, and then you will need to contact the school and school district, or parishes (as they are called in Louisiana), you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district's application process. You can find a complete listing of Louisiana schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Louisiana, you will need the following:

  • An associate's degree or higher
  • Completed application submitted to the school district

Get Your Louisiana Fingerprint Clearance Card

You may not need it, however it may be a good idea to get one. The Louisiana State Police will take your finger prints and conduct a background check if the district you wish to work for requires one. Download the forms you need for your fingerprint and background check.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You may not need them, but it is a good idea to request your original college transcripts showing you have an associate's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

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 Louisiana.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Louisiana

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Louisiana classroom. Pay among the different district, or parishes, as they are called in Louisiana varies greatly from $80 a day to $140 a day, depending upon your experience and level of education.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Louisiana

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Louisiana, 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 search for Louisiana schools districts here. Also, here is a list of teaching jobs in the State of Louisiana.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Louisiana

Teach Louisiana is a website offered by the Louisiana Department of Education and provides teacher certification information. They also offer an interactive guide for becoming a teacher in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Guide for New Teachers offers information and resources for teachers new to the profession.

Louisiana Department of Education
Office of Teacher Certification
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA. 70804-9064
(877) 453-2721

Many substitute teachers go on to become a teacher. You may also want to take a look at how to become a substitute teacher in another state, or click on one of these neighboring states below.