How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Mississippi

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

Mississippi Substitute Teacher Requirements

Requirements for substitute teaching vary by district in Mississippi. Therefore, to gain employment as a substitute teacher in Mississippi, you will need to contact the school and/or school district you wish to work for to determine what that district requires. Follow that district's application process. Most school districts will probably require you to have at least 2 years of college education. In some cases, a bachelor's degree will be required. But some districts only require a high school education. You can find a complete listing of Mississippi schools districts here, or you may use this county map. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Mississippi, you will need the following:

  • Appropriate level of education
  • Drug test (in some districts)
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Mississippi Fingerprint Clearance for Substitutes

Mississippi does not require fingerprinting or a background checks in order to qualify for teacher licensure. Likewise, there is no state regulation of substitute teachers. However, individual school districts may require fingerprinting. If this is the case, you will receive a fingerprint clearance packet from the school you are applying to.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to qualify for substitute teaching. Some districts may require you to have an bachelor's degree, while others may require just a few college credits or as little as a high school diploma. 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. Follow that school or district's procedure as an applicant to save time and avoid headaches.

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 these recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Mississippi.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Mississippi

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. We took a look at a couple Mississippi school district pay rates to help give you an idea of what you can make as a substitute teacher in Mississippi. The salary of a substitute teacher with a bachelor's degree in Jackson Mississippi is $65 for a full day and $35 for a half day. A substitute teacher who has less than a Bachelor's Degree is paid at the rate of $60 per day. And a substitute teacher having a Master's Degree is paid at the rate of $70 per day. In Lincoln County, the pay is similar, with substitute teachers with college degree making $70 per day and subs without a college degree making $60 per day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Mississippi

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

Substitute Teacher Resources

Mississippi Teacher Center offers lots of valuable resources to help to recruit and retain quality teachers for Mississippi classrooms.

Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
(601) 359-3483

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