Becoming a substitute teacher in Minnesota is a great way to supplement your income
and explore the world of teaching while completing your Minnesota teaching credential
program, or while you seek out a permanent position after completion. Substitute
teachers, also called reserve teachers in Minnesota, will have the opportunity to
gain experience in the classroom and hone their teaching skills in preparation for
their full-time teaching career.
There are different types of substitute teachers in Minnesota, but preference is
given to those who hold a substitute teaching license, which requires a Bachelor
of Arts in Education. In some cases, a bachelor degree in another subject will be
enough to acquire a substitute teaching position; however, the school will be required
to demonstrate that it is a hardship situation and that they essentially had no
How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Minnesota
- Obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Education from a regionally accredited institution.
Alternatively, you can also obtain a bachelor’s degree in another subject, but your
substitute teaching options will be limited.
- Request, complete and submit an application packet, along with an application fee,
official transcripts and supporting documents, to the school district in which you
would like to teach.
- Attend a substitute teacher orientation, as required by the school district.
To obtain more information or a list of Minnesota school districts, go to the .Minnesota Department of Education website.