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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Missouri

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

Missouri Substitute Teacher Requirements

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

  • Sixty (60) semester hours
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and fees
  • Letters of recommendation

In the State of Missouri, you must be certified through Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education may be employed as a substitute teacher. The minimum requirement for a substitute teacher certificate is sixty (60) semester hours from a college or university accredited for teacher education. Here is a PDF from the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education FAQ page for Substitute Teaching Certificates.

Get Your Missouri Fingerprint Clearance Card

Obtain your criminal background check and fingerprint clearance card here.

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.

Complete Your Application for Certification

In order to access the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education's application for becoming a substitute teacher, you will need to register a user name and password. The system is very straight forward and user friendly. Download and complete the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education application for substitute certification. Follow the directions and gather all supporting documents and submit your fees and all o In case you would like thorough, step by step instructions for filling out your application online, you can read them here. Here is the Substitute Certification page directly from Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Find a School or District and Apply

After you have received your Substitute Teacher Certificate, visit different schools and districts to determine where you would like to substitute, and find out what that district's level of need for a substitute is. Then you can obtain, complete and 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. Some school districts may even require you to take a TB test as well. You can find a complete listing of Missouri schools districts here.

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 Missouri.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Missouri

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. A general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Missouri classroom is $85 to $105 a day, depending upon your teaching assignment, and what type of certificate you hold.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Missouri

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in Missouri, 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 Missouri schools districts here. Also, here are current jobs in the teaching field available from participating school districts in Missouri.

Additional Resources for Substitute Teaching in Missouri

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480
573-751-0051

Many subs go on to become a teacher. You may also learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state by clicking on one of these neighboring states below.