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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Idaho

Jan 02, 2019

As someone interested in becoming an Idaho-based substitute teacher, you can learn about the required education and training for this profession, as well as the average annual salary.

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A substitute teacher in Idaho can make $65 to $90 a day, depending on the individual's certifications and the school district to which they are assigned. Here, we discuss the steps necessary for becoming a substitute, which may include training courses.

Requirements for Substitute Teachers in Idaho

Average Salary for Idaho Substitute Teachers (2016)* $20,530
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Any
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Complete Your Education

Certified Idaho substitute teachers can earn a bachelor's degree in any field, as they may substitute for any teacher in any subject area. In fact, there may be Idaho school districts that will hire someone who has not yet completed their bachelor's degree at all but, rather, has a specific number of postsecondary credits. This means even those working on a college degree can apply to be a substitute teacher in their local areas. On the other hand, some school districts may only require a classified substitute, rather than a certified one, and these educators may only carry a high school diploma. Of course, anyone who has teacher-education experience or who is certified to teach but has not yet found a full-time position can also apply to work as a substitute teacher. Some school districts may even prioritize these individuals when choosing from the substitute pool.

Step Two: Take the Training Course

There are Idaho grade schools that require new substitute teachers to complete a brief training class. This is meant to prepare those who have no educational background for time in the classroom, which brings its own unique challenges and experiences. In fact, the topics covered during these lessons are similar to those taught in typical university teacher-education programs. Processes such as locating resources within the school, managing behavior in the classroom, being professional, and planning educational activities are all covered during these training courses. At the end, you may be awarded a certificate that you will have to present when you apply for a position. It should be noted that there could be a fee for enrolling in these courses.

Step Three: Apply to be Placed in the Substitute Pool

Many of the school districts in Idaho place their substitute teacher applications on their school websites. Once on the site, you can upload your resume, any required proof of certifications, and college transcripts or official high school transcripts. Some schools will notify you by email if you are chosen.

Step Four: Attend the Orientation

Before you are officially added to the substitute pool, you may also have to attend a substitute teacher orientation. This provides a chance to complete new hire paperwork, such as tax forms.

Step Five: Pass an Extensive Background Check

The Idaho State Department of Education requires all substitute teachers to undergo a fingerprint-based background check before they are permitted to work unsupervised with young people. Not only does the Federal Bureau of Investigation run a thorough, nationwide check, but the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification will look for state-level infractions. This includes browsing the state sex offender registry.

Link to Information for Idaho Substitute Teacher Candidates

The following link provides further information on becoming a substitute teacher, not just in Idaho, but in all American schools.

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