How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Arizona

by on October 3rd, 2015
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Would you like to start substitute teaching in Arizona? Before you start the process, you need to know that you must possess a Bachelor’s degree to work as a substitute teacher in Arizona. If you have that, then you are good to go ahead with the process. The first thing you need to do is get fingerprint clearance. You can pay the $69 fee and pick up the fingerprinting application at a local school district office. It will take several weeks for you to receive your fingerprint clearance, so it is a good idea to obtain your official college transcripts during that time. After you have both in hand, you are ready to fill out the application to become a substitute teacher.

The application asks about your education and whether you have any practicum or student teaching experience. It also inquires if you have ever been arrested for a list of offenses, many of those children-related. If you have, you must provide a written statement that explains your situation. The substitute certificate costs $60, and, once you receive it, the certificate is good for six years and can be renewed. You are now ready to start applying for substitute teaching positions!

After you receive your substitute certificate, contact your local district. The applications for school districts will ask you about your work history, education, certificates, and convictions. They will also ask for three references, immunization records, a social security card, and preferences in grade levels and schools. You will have to go through a background investigation before getting hired, so you need to be honest on your application. If you are selected, you will be contacted for their next orientation.

Congratulations! You are now ready to start substitute teaching in Arizona, so you might wonder what the pay is like. A certified substitute will get paid $90.00 a day, and $125 a day if they are in a long-term position for more than 20 days. Note: This state has strict guidelines on substitute teaching. You may only substitute teach for the same school 120 days in one school year.

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