How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Florida

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. Instead, each county has a set of requirements so it is key for applicants to choose which district they want to teach in before beginning the certification 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 teachers will need to find out what educational requirements are expected of them. For example, Miami-Dade County requires 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 are enough. If the student is not working on their internship, they will need to complete a two-day course called Temporary Instructor Training.

In Seminole County, on the other hand, an applicant needs to be at least 18 years old and possess a high school diploma. If a teacher meets these requirements, they can apply for a Seminole County Substitute Certificate or a Florida Educator's Certificate and get it registered with the district.

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

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Step 2: Complete the Application Process

The application process varies by district, just like the educational requirements. Applicants in Miami-Dade County, for example, need to provide a work history, professional references, any certification information they might have, and proof of the Temporary Instructor Training requirement. Transcripts for at least 30 hours of credits also need to be included. Teachers will be fingerprinted and will have to pay the $71 fee.

Applicants in Seminole County need to be fingerprinted after they submit an application. They will pay a fee of $81.25. In Glades County, applicants need to complete an application, complete all required forms, and participate in substitute training. As of the 2017 teacher handbook, no education requirements are listed beyond a high school diploma.

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