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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Florida

Jan 02, 2019

Find out what the process is for substitute teaching candidates in Florida. Read about educational requirements and how to complete the application process.

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The state of Florida doesn't offer a single set of requirements for people who want to substitute teach. Each county has its own requirements, and it is key for applicants to choose which district they want to teach in before beginning the process.

Florida Substitute Teacher Salary Information and Requirements

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Florida (2017)* $25,800
Required Degree Varies by district
Degree Field Any
Testing Requirements Varies by district

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Research the Requirements for Substitutes in Your District

Because each district in Florida has slightly different requirements for substitutes, future subs will need to find out what educational requirements are expected of them. For example, some counties require that applicants have a minimum of 30 college credits and are at least 19 years old. If a student happens to be an education major completing their student teaching internship, these requirements may be enough. If the student is not working on an internship, they may need to complete a short training course.

In other counties, an applicant needs to be only 18 years old, and possession of a high school diploma may be sufficient. If a person meets these requirements, they can apply for a substitute certificate and get it registered with the district.

Some districts may offer 'non-degreed' substitute positions as well as 'degreed' positions. Select counties allow substitutes to take on assignments longer than 30 days if they have their bachelor's degree in the subject they will teach. Future subs might choose to pursue a degree in order to qualify for all potential positions, but they may want to discuss their options with an advisor.

Step 2: Complete the Application Process

The application process varies by district, just like the educational requirements. Applicants may need to provide a work history, professional references, any certification information they might have, and proof of a training requirement. Transcripts for at least 30 hours of credits also may need to be included.

The state of Florida requires that all teachers will be fingerprinted, for which there is a fee. Some counties require that applicants be fingerprinted after they submit an application and pay their fee.

Other counties require applicants to complete an application, submit all required forms, and participate in substitute training. According to one 2017 substitute teacher handbook, no education requirements were listed beyond a high school diploma.

Once a person has completed the requirements set forth by the district, they will be qualified to substitute. However, if a sub wants to teach in multiple districts, they will need to be sure to check whether their certification is enough in the other districts in question.

Study Resources for Future Florida Substitute Teachers

Because some districts do require a number of college credits to qualify for substitute teaching status, you may want to study for entrance exams. Take a look at the SAT and ACT guides below to start preparing for test day!

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