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Course Syllabus: How To Be a Substitute Teacher


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Course Description

 
 

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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Why Substitute Teach?

Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective Substitute Teachers

Lesson 3: Educational Requirements for Substitutes

Lesson 4: Finding Opportunities for Substitute Teaching

Lesson 5: A Typical Day of Substitute Teaching

Lesson 6: Assembling Your Resources

Lesson 7: School Policies, Procedures, and Culture

Lesson 8: Preparing for the Day

Lesson 9: Classroom Management Part 1

Lesson 10: Classroom Management Part 2

Lesson 11: Wrapping up the Day

Lesson 12: The Future of Substitute Teaching

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: Why Substitute Teach?10
Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective Substitute Teachers10
Lesson 3: Educational Requirements for Substitutes10
Lesson 4: Finding Opportunities for Substitute Teaching10
Lesson 5: A Typical Day of Substitute Teaching10
Lesson 6: Assembling Your Resources10
Lesson 7: School Policies, Procedures, and Culture10
Lesson 8: Preparing for the Day10
Lesson 9: Classroom ManagementPart 110
Lesson 10: Classroom ManagementPart 210
Lesson 11: Wrapping up the Day10
Lesson 12: The Future of Substitute Teaching10
Total Points:120

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