Ever wondered what it takes to become a substitute teacher? Yeah, I hadn’t either–that is, until I realized the low balance of my checking account. Suddelnly I became really curious about what sounds like an almost-ideal part time job.
I bet you didn’t know how time- and money-intensive the process is, either. I mean, it makes sense. You don’t want just anyone to have eight hours of (paid!) access to your children. But dang, you’ve really got to want it to jump through these hoops! Hopefully by tomorrow I’ll be done with all but the training, and by Friday I’ll be certified to substitute teach in my little county in Alabama.
Sub teacher checklist
You will need:
1. Completed application (check)
2. Recommendation form, to be signed by school principal (this is on my list for tomorrow)
3. Copy of driver’s license (check)
4. Copy of social security card (check)
5. Proof of education (check–they photocopied my high school, bachelor’s and master’s degrees)
6. $20 money order for substitute teacher’s license (also on tomorrow’s to do list)
7. $49 money order for fingerprinting and processing fee (again, tomorrow)
8. Results of a tuberculin skin test (I paid someone $15 to poke me with a needle. I get the results tomorrow.)
9. Form I-9, employment eligibility (check)
10. Tax forms, federal and state (check… I got my daddy to help me. I didn’t want to claim anything incorrectly.)
11. New hire form (check)
12. Workshop attendance (it’s my understanding that these are the last Friday of each month… which is why I’m in such a dang hurry. 🙂 )