Here are some basics to get your process started. In my geographic area, you need the following items to become a substitute teacher:
- Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.
- Transcripts verifying you earned the degree.
- Pass the CBEST ( California Basic Education Skills Test -your state will have a similar program).
- Apply for an emergency teaching credential at your county's office of education or at http://www.ctc.ca.gov/ (in California).
- Pay an application fee.
- Once all the paperwork is processed and fees paid, you are ready to start!
Additionally, the school district will likely want proof that you have taken and passed a TB test. Check with your county Health Department for lowcost or sometimes free TB test clinics - usually cheaper than going to your doctor's office.
It will take you about one to three days of paid sub work to recoup your initial expenses associated with getting started - then the rest is "gravy"!
Keep in mind that the 30 Day Emergency Teaching Credential does have to be renewed annually for a fee. It is your responsibility to keep track of the expiration date as your paycheck could be held up until that fee is paid and the district may not call you since your credential is expired. I like to renew mine about a month before the expiration date. I keep that date marked both in my planner and cell phone calendar. Renewal is painless and can be done over the internet in California.
If you accept a long term sub assignment exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same teacher, you may have to apply for a supplemental permit.