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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Maryland

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

Maryland Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Maryland, 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 you wish to work for to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district's application process. Most school districts will probably require you to have a bachelor's degree, but check to be sure. You can find a complete listing of Maryland schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Maryland, you will need the following:

  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your Maryland Fingerprint Clearance Card

You must have Fingerprint Clearance Card to work as a substitute teacher in Maryland. Here is a step by step process from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services on how to obtain a fingerprint card and criminal background check in the state of Maryland, whether you live in state or are out-of-state.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to receive your substitute certificate. Some districts may require you to have an associate's degree, while others may require a bachelor's degree. 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. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application and all supporting documents back to the district office of your choice.

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 Maryland.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Maryland

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 Maryland classroom taken from a sample of one Maryland school district. The rate falls between $75 to $105 per day.

  • Certified: $105.00 per day. (Hourly rate is $15.00)
  • With Degree: $85.00 per day. (Hourly rate is $12.14)
  • Without Degree:$78.00 per day. (Hourly rate is $11.14)
  • Long Term With Degree: $95.00 per day. (10-20 consecutive days in the same assignment retroactive to the first day.)
  • Extended Long Term: $100.00 per day. (21 or more consecutive days in the same assignment- not retroactive)
  • **Instructional Assistant Substitute: $75.00 per day. (Hourly rate is $10.70) **This pay rate does not change. It will always be the same regardless of the substitutes level (certified, degreed, non-degreed).

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Maryland

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

Resources for Substitute Teachers in Maryland

Maryland State Department of Education Certification Branch
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
(410) 767-0412

Many subs go on to get their degree and become a teacher. If you'd like to learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state, click on one of these neighboring states below.


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