How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Texas

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

Texas Substitute Teacher Requirements

To gain employment as a substitute teacher in the state of Texas 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 Texas schools districts here.

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

  • An Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree, depending on the district
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your Texas Fingerprint Clearance Card

Most school districts will require you to have completed a fingerprint and criminal back ground check in order to gain employment as a substitute teacher. Visit Texas Education Agency's site to start your fingerprint card and background check.

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 office indicated by the district you are applying for.

Letters of Recommendation

Before you start applying with different school districts, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation first so that you have them at the ready for your application process. 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 Texas.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Texas

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Texas classroom.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in Texas

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

Substitute Teacher Resources

Texas State Board for Educator Certification
4616 West Howard Lane, Suite 120
Austin, TX 78701-2603
(512) 238-3200

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