It's important to become familiar with the substitute teacher job description when applying to become a sub. It not only tells you what kind of position a sub is, but it also informs you what the basic responsibilities are and what credentials you need to have.

Before you apply, read on to see what substitute teacher certifications you need and what the main substitute teacher responsibilities are.

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1) Requirements in a substitute teacher job description

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A substitute teacher job description usually tells you what credentials you need to start subbing. Before you start teaching, among other requirements, California also needs to certify that you can teach.

Here's a quick list of substitute teacher requirements.

  • Bachelor's degree with unofficial transcripts
  • Live Scan results
  • 30 Day Teaching Permit or CA Teaching Credential preferred
  • California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) if you couldn't opt out
  • Recent TB screening dated within 60 days of your interview or willingness to get one ASAP
  • Previous experience working with children

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2) Responsibilities in a substitute teacher job description

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The substitute teacher job description always has a list of responsibilities that good candidates follow. Don't assume subbing is just coming into school and putting on a movie for class.

Here are some typical substitute teacher responsibilities.

  • Compliance with school policies
  • Desire to enhance student learning outcomes
  • Maintaining a professional attitude in the classroom
  • Providing a consistent, valuable day of learning when the regular teacher is away
  • Being flexible and reliable with last-minute openings and changing schedules
  • Engaging and interacting with students 

Substitute teacher responsibilities are important to uphold if you want to be successful. To find more responsibilities, check out this handy substitute teacher job description template


3) Fit the substitute teacher job description and start applying!

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Do you embody the values and have the right credentials listed in the substitute teacher job description? Then you're on the right track to become a sub! Once you understand what employers are looking for, you should feel more confident in applying. 

If you can't wait to start applying, hooray! Put together your cover letter and resume and start spreading your name. Not sure how to write a good substitute teacher resume? We've got you covered!

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