How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Louisiana

Sep 25, 2019

Substitute teacher applicants must meet the requirements of the parishes and school districts that they wish to apply for. This article provides general information on how to become a substitute in Louisiana.

Substitute teachers are a great necessity to meet the educational needs of students. Substitute teachers stand in for certified educators when they are absent from their classroom for professional or personal reasons. The Louisiana Department of Education does not regulate the standards for substitute teachers. This responsibility lies with the school district or Louisiana parish that the candidate wishes to work for. Requirements vary between each entity and require the candidate to research specific standards for the district or parish of their choice. This article will provide general requirements to become a substitute teacher in Louisiana.

Information on Getting a Louisiana Substitute Teacher Position

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Louisiana (2018) $13.13 hourly or $27,300 yearly*
Required Degree High school diploma or GED
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements TABE exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Meet the Qualification Requirements

It is generally a requirement to have earned a high school diploma or passed the General Education Development exam to validate that the candidate has the academic skills of a high school graduate. The candidate must be able to provide high school transcripts or GED fulfillment documents when applying. It is recommended to contact the parish or school district that the applicant is applying for in order to learn if any additional education requirements are necessary for employment. Human resources departments can help the candidate with information regarding additional requirements. Websites for school districts and parishes may also provide information on this. Many parishes or school districts will also require the candidate to attend an in-service or special training in order to qualify for the position.

An assessment to evaluate the applicant may also be required. The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is an example of a test that may be required by the educational entity. This exam evaluates the candidate's knowledge in basic core content. This exam can be taken at an approved testing site like a community college or private testing center.

Step 2: Complete the Hiring Process

The application process can be administered in different ways depending on the parish or district for which the candidate applies. Many times, job fairs and online resources can aide the candidate in applying for a position. Online resources include school district and parish websites and even job search websites. Generally, parishes and school districts will post job availability on their websites. Many times, a link to an online application will be made available, or the applicant may be guided to apply in person with the school district or parish. Also, an educational institution will require the applicant to submit a criminal background check to ensure that the applicant can be trusted around school children. The applicant can also expect to be interviewed before being hired as a substitute teacher. Interviews may be done face-to-face, online via video conferencing, or over the phone. Once hired the applicant will be required to complete all parish and school district trainings and all employment documents to begin working.

Substitute Teacher Resources

The links below provide information to help prepare a candidate to become a substitute teacher.

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