Begin a job as a substitute teacher by meeting all minimum state requirements, which vary from state to state. Some school districts and municipalities add additional requirements. Contact the local school district for information about current state and local requirements for substitute teachers.
States such as Alabama, Alaska, Delaware and Florida require a high school diploma to begin substitute teaching. Alaska requires substitute teachers to obtain a state certification for assignments longer than 19 days. Idaho, Vermont and Virginia also allow high school graduates with clean criminal records to act as substitute teachers. Georgia, Maine and Nevada only require a GED in certain circumstances.
Some states require a substitute teacher to have some college credit, but do not require a degree, including Indiana, New Jersey, Michigan and Missouri.
North Dakota, Colorado, Washington and Iowa require all substitutes to be fully licensed teachers. Most other states require substitute teachers to have a bachelor's degree in any field, although a few have no requirements at all. Arkansas, Hawaii and Maryland have no minimum educational requirements for substitute teachers.
Always verify local requirements for substitute teaching. School districts may require a higher standard of education or licensing than the states in which they are located.