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How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Texas

Acting as a substitute can be a good way to earn some experience in classroom environments. If you'd like to learn more about becoming a Texas substitute teacher, this article can help.

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In 2017, there were 69,500 substitute teachers in Texas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. What education and other requirements are needed to become a substitute teacher? Read on to learn.

Requirements for Substitute Teachers in Texas

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Texas (2017)* $23,990
Required Degree High School Diploma
Required Field N/A
Testing Requirements None

Source: *U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Your Education

The first thing you must understand is that substitute teacher requirements are set by each school district. This means that the requirements for each vary widely. Some school districts only require you to have completed your high school diploma, while others want an associate's degree or bachelor's degree. Typically, your education level will affect the pay rate you receive. Some school districts even ask that substitute teachers be certified teachers. Another option is that out-of-state certified teachers and retired teachers can provide transcripts and proof of previous certification. Be sure to check what the school district you are applying to requires.

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Step 2: Have a Background Check

This is pretty standard for all teachers, and substitute teachers are not exempt from this step. In order to work with children in a public school, you'll need to complete a fingerprint analysis and criminal background check. Each district may have its own process; however, the Educator Certification Online System run by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) allows you to run a federal and department of public safety background check for $39. You'll be required to go to a MorphoTrust site and pay $10 to be fingerprinted. These fingerprints may be more easily transferred to school districts if necessary.

Step 3: Complete Other Requirements

Again, each school district has its own requirements that need to be met. These can be anything from drug tests to health screenings. School districts want to be sure that those filling in for their certified teachers are dependable, healthy, and not carrying any communicable diseases. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio requires their substitute teachers to provide social security cards and transcripts, and to complete an 8-hour training session.

Certification Resources for Substitute Teachers in Texas

While it is true there are no required exams necessary to become a substitute teacher in the state, each district has its own requirements. If you want to be a certified teacher, you'll need to sit for some of the Texas Examinations for Education Standards (TExES) assessments. Here, we've provided some helpful study guide resources.

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