Are you looking for a job with flexibility? School hours? A job that when you are done at the end of the day, you don’t have to take work home with you? Well, why not consider being a substitute! (I’ve been doing it for a few years!)
How do I get started? Well, there are a series of steps and applications that you have to complete before you become an official substitute teacher substitute. First, you can become a teacher substitute if you have a bachelors degree. (A degree in any subject)
1. For a substitute, you will typically be hired through ESSCO (Educational Service Center of Ohio). Most school districts around Central Ohio use them to fill their substitute needs. (http://www.escco.org/substitutes/new-or-prospective/ )
2. If you are applying to be a substitute teacher, you will need to get a teaching license. You have to apply for a teaching license with ODE (Ohio Department of Education) ODE will ask you to upload or mail your official college transcript. (http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure/Audiences/Substitute-Licensure ) It will cost you $25 for a short term substitute license for a year. A short term license means that you cannot be in the same classroom for more than 5 days. There are long term and other types of licenses that you can read about on the ODE website too.
3. Next, you will have to watch a training bloodborne pathogens video and complete the test for bloodborne pathogens. (Link will be available in your online application with Essco and take notes) Don’t worry as this is not a difficult test to take!
4. After you upload your substitute license, and your complete of your bloodborne test. Your application will then need to be approved.
5. After your application is approved, you will then have to sign up for a substitute teaching class.
6. At the class, you will learn classroom management skills (follow the lesson plans, don’t leave students in the room alone, etc. ) and how to use the online substitute website called Absence Management. You can pick up a job online 24 hours a day. TIP: if the job time has already started, you can always call to ask if the job is still available and negotiate your arrival. (Sometimes they say yes and sometimes they say no..always ask because chances are that they will still want you!) You can also do your background checks at the meeting or complete it elsewhere. Here again, you will be charged $50 but it will last you five years. (TIP: keep a copy of it as you will have to have to reapply to be a substitute annually and you can attach it to your application)
I know what your question is next..what do I get paid! Now pay can be from district to district but the average is $90-100 a Day.
For substitute aides:
To be an aide, requirements include a high school diploma and a background check. (You will have to pay for the background check) Some districts hire aides directly (meaning you have to interview with them) or you can apply with Essco to work in multiple school districts.
You will have to obtain an aide permit for when you are hired or for your application. (Fee involved) Click on the link to obtain an aide permit : http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Licensure/Apply-for-Certificate-License/Educational-Aides-and-Monitors#AIDE
Substitute aide jobs can include working in an MD (multiple disabilities) unit, secretary, study hall monitor, or health aide (which usually requires additional training). Most sub aide jobs will be in the disabilities unit but you are not required to do any toilet duties. Most of these MD sub jobs do not get filled so most units are happy to have your help!
Pay for these jobs can range from $90-112 a day depending on the district and job. They are hourly jobs and will give you a 1/2 hour for lunch.
Overall, being a substitute offers great flexibility and you are in charge of your schedule! I’ve been doing it for a few years and I like the fact that I get to pick where/when I want to work. Also, a bonus is working during your kids school hours! I have found this to be a great way to earn some side $$ income while still being able to shuttle kids around afterschool. So, if you like working with kids, why not give substitute teaching a try!