How to Become a Substitute Teacher in North Carolina

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

North Carolina Substitute Teacher Requirements

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

  • Associate's Degree or higher
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your North Carolina Fingerprint Clearance Card

Though you may not need it, it is a good idea to get your fingerprint clearance card and have a background check completed. Here is the form and instructions from North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on how to obtain your Fingerprint Clearance Card.

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. 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, or follow the directions you were provided when you obtained your application.

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 North Carolina.

Substitute Teacher Pay in North Carolina

According to the Public Schools of North Carolina and this North Carolina public schools salary guide, the daily pay rate for substitute teachers is as follows:

Substitute Minimum Dollar Amount Maximum Daily Rate % of A-00 Teacher Rate (calc. on 22 days)
Licensed $90 $138.32 65%
Unlicensed $68 $138.32 50%


Substitute Teacher Jobs in North Carolina

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

Substitute Teacher Resources

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Licensure Section
6365 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-6365
Local Phone: 919.807.3310
Toll Free: 800.577.7994

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