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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Michigan

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

Michigan Substitute Teacher Requirements

In the state of Michigan, the school and district holds a substitute permit,  which allows a person who does not hold a valid Michigan teaching certificate to be employed as a substitute teacher on a day-to-day basis when the regular teacher is temporarily absent. A substitute teacher may teach up to 90 days in a school calendar year. To qualify to teach under a substitute permit, you will need to have completed at least 90 semester hours at a regionally accredited four-year college or university. According to Michigan Department of Education, "In accordance with existing policy, college credit is defined as satisfactory if it is a “C” (2.0) cumulative grade point average or better. Also, these credits must have been completed at or transferred to a four-year, regionally accredited college or university; they will not be accepted directly from a community college." In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Michigan, you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree of atleast 90 semester hours
  • Completed application
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your Michigan Fingerprint Clearance Card

You may not need it, however it is a good idea to get one. The Michigan State Police lists their procedure and recommendation to have your finger prints taken and conduct a background check if the district you wish to work for requires one. Visit Michigan's State Police website to start your fingerprint and background check.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Visit or Contact the School You Would Like to Sub For

While you're there, you may pick up an application and review their certification requirements. You can find a complete listing of Michigan school districts here.

Complete and Submit Your Application

When completed, submit your substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Some school districts have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the district offices and return them to the same offices when completed. Follow that school or district's procedure to save time and avoid headaches.

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 Michigan.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Michigan

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 Michigan classroom based on research gathered from specific districts.

  • Certified teacher: $85
  • Bachelor's or Master's degree; non-certified: $80
  • 90 Credit Hours (or more): $75

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Michigan

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Michigan , 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 Michigan school districts here.

Substitute Teacher Resources

Michigan Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation Services
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 373-3310

Many substitute teachers gain more education in order to become a teacher. Learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by clicking on one of these neighboring states below.


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