How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Oklahoma

Learn how to become a substitute teacher in Oklahoma with the following information.

Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Requirements

Oklahoma has no statewide requirements for becoming a substitute teacher. To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Oklahoma you will need to contact the school or school district where you wish to teach to determine what is required. Follow that district's application process. You can find a complete listing of Oklahoma public school districts here. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in Oklahoma, you will need the following:

  • Appropriate level of education (determined by the school district)
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Complete substitute teacher workshop (where applicable)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your Oklahoma Fingerprint Clearance Card

Although there is no state mandate for fingerprint clearance of subs, some schools may require fingerprinting in order to gain employment.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

Regardless of your level of education, you'll need your official college transcripts showing what level of education you have in order to receive your substitute certificate. Some districts give preference to candidates with higher education. For example, you may be first on the call list if you have a higher degree and last on the call list if you only have a high school diploma. Check with the school district you wish to gain employment with to verify all information. 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.

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 Oklahoma.

Substitute Teacher Workshops

After you've turned in all your paperwork and been accepted as a sub, but before you begin teaching, you'll be required to take a substitute teacher workshop in many districts. At this workshop, you will learn district substituting procedures, complete employment paperwork, and review substitute responsibilities. This workshops is usually at no cost to you.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Oklahoma

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. To give you an idea, we checked a few districts to see how much money a substitute teacher in Oklahoma makes. At one school, the daily rate of pay is $60 for non-certified substitute teachers and $65 for substitutes that hold a current Oklahoma teaching certificate.

Another school broke the pay rate down by skill level, with a substitute who holds a current Oklahoma teaching certificate making $75 per day for regular assignments and $90 per day for long-term assignments. Substitutes holding a Bachelor or Masters degree make $65 per day. Subs with an associate’s degree or 48+ college hours receive the rate of pay of $65 per day. And subs with only a high school diploma or less than 48 hours of college make $60 per day.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Oklahoma

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

Resources for Teacher Certification in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation helps develop, implement and facilitate competency-based teacher preparation, candidate assessment, and professional development systems.

TEACH Oklahoma Teacher Licensing and Certification

Oklahoma State Department of Education
Professional Standards Section
Hodge Education Building - Room 212
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599
(405) 521-3337

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