As of 2017, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) discontinued providing substitute teacher permits. To find more on some of the common requirements for substitute teachers in Rhode Island, read on.
Requirements for Substitute Teachers in Rhode Island
|Average Salary for Substitute Teachers in Rhode Island (2017)*||$30,820|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Testing if Teacher Certification Required|| Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam
Praxis Content Knowledge exam
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Your Education
It is now up to the local education agency (LEA), or school district, to make sure that prospective substitute teachers meet the set requirements. The state requires that substitutes have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Some positions may also require a full teacher certification.
Taking into account that may schools seek licensed teachers as day-to-day substitutes, this means you may want to complete your bachelor's degree in an education-driven program. You might also want to complete an educator preparation program (EPP), which can be part of your bachelor's degree program if you plan accordingly. An EPP will also include a student teaching practicum.
Step 2: Complete Required Exams
Considering you may need a teacher's license to become a substitute teacher, you would need to complete some exams as well. The first exam will be the PLT, or Principles of Learning and Teaching, exam. This is offered for elementary, middle, and high school levels. You will have two hours to answer the 70 multiple-choice and four constructed-response questions. This test looks at five different categories: students as learners, assessment, instructional processes, instructional scenarios, and professional development. In order to pass this exam, you must earn a minimum score on the grade level exam you wish to teach. Those minimum scores are:
|Grade Level||Minimum Score|
You will then need to complete a content knowledge exam by Praxis in the area or grade level you wish to be certified. As a substitute teacher, there is no guarantee you'll be working in any specific subject, so this will not need to be an exact, unless you want to go on to become a full-time teacher or only wish to substitute teach in a specific area.
Step 3: Background Check
Some LEAs ask that substitute teachers have a background check completed prior to taking their position. Depending on the school's requirements, you may need to go through a state background check system, the FBI, or another identification center. Check with your district when applying.
Certification Resources for Rhode Island Substitute Teachers
Since you may need to be fully certified the same as a typical full-time teacher, you would need to take some Praxis exams. Consider the following links when you are looking for study guides.