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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Massachusetts

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Learn how to become a substitute teacher in Massachusetts with the following information to guide you through the process.

Massachusetts Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts schools districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Massachusetts, you will need the following:

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

Get Your Massachusetts Fingerprint Clearance Card

The requirements for fingerprint clearance vary by district. Check with the Massachusetts school district where you wish to teach for complete details and instruction.

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 Massachusetts.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Massachusetts

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 Massachusetts classroom, taken from one Massachusetts district school.

  • Daily rate for various assignments: $87.12/day (no benefits)
  • 21-92 days in the same assignment: $150/day (no benefits)
  • 93-179 days in the same assignment: $225/day (eligible for insurance if the assignment is expected to last 6 months or more)

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Massachusetts

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts schools districts here. Here is a list of current job opportunities from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Massachusetts Department of Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-6600

Interested in becoming a teacher? Our state-by-state guide shows you how. Or learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by clicking on one of these neighboring states below.


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