Becoming a substitute teacher is a great way for Pennsylvania teaching certificate
program graduates to gain needed classroom experience and teaching skills as they
seek out a full-time teaching position.
Opting to become a substitute teacher allows both current credential program students
and graduates to supplement their income, network with educators and administrators
and hone their classroom skills for a smooth transition into a successful teaching
career in Pennsylvania.
How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Pennsylvania
- Obtain a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, have an out-of-state teaching certificate
that is in the process of being transferred to Pennsylvania, or obtain an emergency
certification issued by Pennsylvania. Emergency certificates require applicants
to hold a bachelor’s degree and to be working towards a Pennsylvania teaching certificate.
- For emergency certification, contact a local school district for an application
packet. Applications for an emergency certification must go through a school district.
- Submit a completed application packet, along with official transcripts, three letters
of reference, an application fee and supporting documents to the school district
for emergency certifications, or to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for
- Submit to a criminal history investigation.
- Pass a Child Abuse Clearance.
- Obtain negative results on a tuberculosis (TB) test.
For a list of school districts and current application fees, or to obtain additional
information, go to the Pennsylvania Department
of Education website.
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