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Substitute teaching can be a rewarding profession for people looking to make a difference in children's lives and to leave a positive impact in their communities.  It is also a job that allows someone a flexible work schedule and the ability to work just about as much or as little as they want to.

 

However, there are many questions and concerns that someone may have when thinking about working as a substitute teacher.  What are the qualifications?  What education and training is necessary?  What is the best way to prepare for a day of teaching?  What is a typical day as a substitute teacher?  What are some effective techniques and strategies for keeping students on task and well behaved?

 

This course will walk any prospective substitute teacher through the beginning thoughts of the profession all the way to how to handle that first day with the students.  Potential substitute teachers will learn the benefits and challenges of substituting, the characteristics of effective substitute teachers, how to find out minimum requirements and qualifications, how to apply for jobs, important things to know, details of what to expect in a day of substituting, techniques for managing student behavior, and the future outlook of substitute teaching.

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Lesson 1. Why Substitute Teach?

Substitute teaching is a profession that attracts many kinds of people for many different reasons. It can be an extremely flexible part time job, or it can be a full time career. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: The Advantages of Substitute Teaching
  • Take Poll: Substitute Teaching
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Why Substitute Teach?

Lesson 2. Characteristics of Effective Substitute Teachers

Teaching youth in a school setting requires certain skills and traits to do the job effectively. Teaching youth as a substitute teacher requires some different skills and traits as well. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Effective Substitute Teaching; How to be a Successful Substitute Teacher
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective Substitute Teachers

Lesson 3. Educational Requirements for Substitutes

At the very minimum, each state requires that a substitute teacher have a high school diploma or have successfully passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Certified Substitute Teachers; State Contacts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Educational Requirements for Substitutes

Lesson 4. Finding Opportunities for Substitute Teaching

While states set minimum qualifications and requirements for substitute teachers, school districts collect an applicants records, can set additional requirements, and hire and place substitute teachers. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Status of Substitute Teachers
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Finding Opportunities for Substitute Teaching

Lesson 5. A Typical Day of Substitute Teaching

As with most jobs and professions, there is no 100 percent typical day that each and every person in the profession will experience. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: An Insider's View; Substitute Teaching Experiences
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: A Typical Day of Substitute Teaching

Lesson 6. Assembling Your Resources

To help you succeed at substitute teaching, it is best that you prepare these resources ahead of time so that you can be confident that you can handle what comes your way. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Curriculum Based Activities
  • Take Poll: Resources
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Assembling Your Resources

Lesson 7. School Policies, Procedures, and Culture

Substitute teachers who plan to work in a variety of schools and districts need to be prepared to face small and large differences in each environment. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Substitute Teacher Ethics
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: School Policies, Procedures, and Culture

Lesson 8. Preparing for the Day

The first step in a day of substitute teaching is getting the actual teaching assignment for the day. 10 Total Points
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Preparing for the Day

Lesson 9. Classroom Management. Part 1.

New substitute teachers may worry about a host of problems. Combine that with knowing that school administration is hoping that their substitute teachers can keep everyday classroom situations under control, it can make for a very stressful situation. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Classroom Management Strategies
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Classroom ManagementPart 1

Lesson 10. Classroom Management. Part 2.

In the last chapter on classroom management, you looked at the things that can help you set up a successful plan for facing a day of substitute teaching. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Substitute Tips and Tricks; 17 Tips for Substitute Teachers
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Classroom ManagementPart 2

Lesson 11. Wrapping up the Day

Before you can go home, however, there are few things you need to do as part of your job, as a common courtesy, but also to impress the regular teacher and the school with your abilities 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Substitute Teacher's Report; Substitute Teaching Ideas
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Wrapping up the Day

Lesson 12. The Future of Substitute Teaching

In some school districts, substitute teachers are in great demand. In other places, the supply exceeds the demand. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: National Substitute Teachers Alliance
  • Take Poll: Reasons to Substitute
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: The Future of Substitute Teaching
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Total Course Points

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Course Title: How To Be a Substitute Teacher
Course Number: 8900082
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe why substitute teaching may be a good choice for you.
  • Describe characteristics of effective substitute teachers.
  • Identify educational requirements for substitutes.
  • Describe a typical day of substitute teaching.
  • Describe school policies, procedures, and culture.
  • Describe the basic principles of classroom management.
  • Know the future of substitute teaching, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

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  • "I just got my substitute teacher certificate and was looking for information to help me get started. This class covers everything that a new substitute teacher needs to know to get started. Now I can enter the classroom with confidence. It was all helpful!" -- Rena C.

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