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How can being a substitute teacher help me get a teaching job when I am already certified? Need advise.

Jul 2, 2014 11:00pm

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Math / Physical Education / Science / Social Studies / Other
  • Pre K-5
  • English Language Learners / New Teachers


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    • Jul 3, 2014 11:47am

      When I had to change communities, I needed a steady income and took a job as a paraprofessional (teacher's aide). It's definitely not fun being underemployed, but getting yourself known at a school you want to work at always works in your favor. I imagine this would work in the position of substitute teacher as well. If you get a great reputation, then apply for positions, people will already know what good work you can do.

      • Jul 7, 2014 9:34am

        I agree with Beth, subbing allows you to get known at different schools and build a reputation. At times schools will need long time subs which they will likely only hire someone they know well to do, and this can eventually lead to regular teaching job at some point. Put your time in and it should pay off! Let the schools know that you are interested in a full time position so that they know who to ask if in need.

        • Jul 8, 2014 9:30am

          I subbed a lot in our local school. When a long term position opened up, I was hired. At the end of that position, a full time job became available and I was hired. As our grade level steering teacher, I have sat in on many interviews over the years and we do look for people who have experience and we count subbing as experience. When you sub, take notes about what you see and experiences you encounter. They may not seem important at the time, but it will help prepare you for interview questions. If you have a long term sub, be involved in PLC meetings and pay attention to what they do in the meetings. Look at what they do for assessments and curriculum. Principals are looking for people who can bring something extra to the team. It's not always enough to be a good teacher, you need to be able to work well with others and subbing can provide you with examples of how you do this.

          • Jul 11, 2014 5:14pm

            I would agree with the other teachers here. Subbing with a certificate gives you the opportunity to be a long term substitute and to build a positive reputation with the school, the district, and the teachers in the department you wish to join.

            • Aug 6, 2014 8:17am

              I agree with everyone else on this one. Subbing can lead to filling in for long-term needs which can lead to getting hired full-time. If you have a good reputation as a sub, that can only help you. My sister took a long-term sub position for the spring semester after graduating in December. She was then hired for the upcoming school year full-time.

              I'm concerned that not subbing will hurt me when I begin looking for a job. I work full-time now in the investment industry, and I am in graduate school to become a teacher. I can't afford to quit my full-time job to get sub experience. I hope I will be able to get interviews with no prior experience.

              • Apr 20, 2015 8:25pm

                I am currently in grad school to become a teacher so I cannot sub right now due to not being able to quit my full time job like Kristy mentioned but I really like the feedback on this question. I know that it is a good idea to be a sub so you can get to know the school and the faculty can get to know you. Peggy, I really liked that you said "The key is to be a teacher...not a sub." I completely agree with this because it is so true. So many times a sub is seen as a "we can do whatever we want" day and it is so important to keep the teacher's plan in place Hopefully, I can be a sub soon!