North Carolina Substitute Teacher Requirements

Jan 02, 2019

Substitute teachers have to be ready to teach a class in very short notice. Find out how you can be prepared to answer the call with the proper education, exams, and administrative procedures before you jump into the teacher's position!

Currently, there are no formal requirements for education or licensure for substitute teachers in the state of North Carolina. You should still contact the local school district where you wish to teach to determine any requirements they may have regarding credentials.

Requirements for Substitute Teachers in North Carolina

Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in North Carolina (2017)* $23,880
Required Degree None required for substitutes
Degree Field N/A
Testing Requirements No exams necessary for substitute teachers

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education and Testing Requirements for North Carolina Substitute Teachers

As of June 2018, there are no formal educational requirements for substitute teaching in North Carolina. Requirements may vary within each local educational agency, and if you are interested in using this experience for later, substitute teaching may count toward future work experience requirements for becoming a full-time teacher. You might benefit from starting a short academic program to determine if teaching is a good fit for you. An Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education offers a shorter, two-year plan of study focusing on the needs of students from birth through age eight. Some of the courses found in this program can include curriculum planning, public speaking, and early childhood administration. If you decide to move forward with a full four-year education program, be sure to find one that includes a proper teacher education aspect, which is a requirement to become a licensed teacher.

Substitute teachers do not have any exams to pass for classroom credentials. For substitutes thinking about a career as an educator, you'll want to keep the full-time teacher requirements in mind. The state uses two different testing systems for teachers: Praxis and Pearson. The Praxis Core Academic Skills exam and any grade/class-related content exams will be necessary for teachers of all grade levels. If you become an elementary school teacher, or a special education teacher working with students in the general curriculum, Pearson designs the North Carolina Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum tests.

Licensing Requirements for Substitute Teachers in North Carolina

Currently, there are no restrictions for substitute teachers that would require getting a teaching license. With this in mind, it would still be best to contact each individual local educational agency to determine any exceptions to this policy. While you do this, you can also check out North Carolina's web page to find contact information for specific individuals who you might wish to speak with regarding substitute policy at different schools. North Carolina's recruitment web page also has a list of resources for beginning teachers, which could help you out if you are called in at a moment's notice to cover an absent teacher.

Additional Resources for Substitute Teachers in North Carolina

If you need to review material for a substitute course you have been assigned to teach, look into's enormous library of classroom material. You can use ideas for lesson plans, or brush up on what you learned yourself in past classes you have taken:

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