How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Alaska

Substitute teaching can be both a challenging and rewarding job. We'll explore the education and training requirements to be a substitute teacher in Alaska. You'll also learn the state's average salary for this position.

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Alaska is one of many states with a shortage of teachers and substitute teachers. A substitute teaching job for less than 20 days per year requires only a high school diploma, but for longer periods of time additional certification is needed. In this article we will explain the requirements and possibilities of becoming a substitute teacher in Alaska.

Key Information For Substitute Teachers In Alaska

Mean Hourly Wage (2017)* $19.93
Required Education High school diploma, a bachelor's degree and/or a valid Alaska Teaching Certificate. Requirements vary between school districts.
Experience Some school districts may require previous experience.

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education/Certification

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) states that a person replacing a teacher in Alaska long-term (for more than 19 days in which the school is in session) needs additional certification. Certifications that are accepted by the state are: a teacher certificate; a (provisional) administrative certificate; a (provisional) special service certificate; or an advanced special services certification. However, research among current job openings at Alaskan school districts shows that additional certification can differ from one district to the other. For example, 48 university credits or an associate's degree will suffice for the Fairbanks school district, but the Anchorage school district requires a bachelor's degree or indeed a valid Alaska teaching certificate (for long-term substitutes).

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Step 2: Clear Background Check

School districts will require other checks in addition to their certification requirements. A criminal background check, fingerprints and references will be collected, and some school districts will ask for a physical health examination and/or tuberculosis test results. Consider all the requirements carefully for each job opening in each district to ensure submission of a complete application.

Step 3: Attend Training/Orientation

Alongside the certification and additional checks described above, some Alaskan school districts have additional training or orientation requirements. The Kenai school district asks its substitute teachers to complete a safety orientation and an online substitute and substitute custodian training, whereas the Anchorage school district offers training opportunities in classroom management.

Resources For Substitute Teachers provides several courses that may help aspiring substitute teachers. These resources have additional information and can help you study for a teacher certification exam:

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