How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Minnesota

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

Minnesota Substitute Teacher Requirements

In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Minnesota, you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Official transcripts
  • Completed application and fees
  • Letters of recommendation

Minnesota Department of Education requires all substitute teacher applicants to have a Bachelor's degree, preferably in Education. There are two types of Substitute Licensures: 5 year Short Call Substitute Licensure for applicants that hold a Bachelor's degree in Education 1 year Limited Short Call Substitute Licensure for applicants that hold a Bachelor's degree something other than Education To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the State of Minnesota, you will need to contact the school and school district you wish to work for to determine if there is a need for Short Call Substitutes. If they are hiring, they will provide you with the proper application and directions in order to gain employment with them. You will also need a Fingerprint card and background check, and the district will provide you with the paperwork and direct you where you should go to have your fingerprints taken. Find a complete listing of Minnesota schools districts here.

Get Your Minnesota Fingerprint Clearance Card

The district you intend to work for will provide you with a fingerprint card and directions on where to have your fingerprints and criminal background check taken.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to receive your Short Call Substitute Licensure. Submit your official transcript with your Short Call Substitute Licensure application.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application and all supporting documents including fees back to the district office of your choice. Follow that district procedures to avoid headaches and delays. Licensure processing takes 12-14 weeks.

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 Minnesota.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Minnesota

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. A general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Minnesota classroom is approximately $112 a day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Minnesota

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

Substitute Teacher Resources

Minnesota Department of Education
Educator Licensing and Teacher Quality
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8691

Many subs go on to gain teacher certification in order to become a teacher. You may also want to look at how to become a substitute teacher in another state by click on one of these neighboring states below.