To get a substitute teacher certificate, an individual should complete a substitute teacher training program and excel in a written evaluation. Specific certification requirements may vary from one district or school to another.
To get a job as a substitute teacher, an individual must meet the job requirements of his state and district. Although most districts require substitute teachers hold a bachelor's degree in an academic field from a certified institution, applicants who hold a high school diploma may also qualify for the job. For some employers, professional experience may be a requirement for job applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree, but hold a high school diploma. While some districts hire only certified substitute teachers, certification may not be a requirement in other districts. Additionally, the educational qualifications of the applicant may determine whether he is hired on a long-term or short-term basis.