top of page
  • Writer's pictureBusybee Teachers

Your Guide to Substitute Teaching Across the U.S.: Certification Requirements by State

Your Guide to Substitute Teaching Across the U.S.: Certification Requirements by State Busybee Teachers Substitute Teachers Permanent Teachers Tutors

Are you considering a rewarding career as a substitute teacher? Whether you're a recent graduate, a seasoned professional, or simply looking for a flexible way to make a difference in education, substitute teaching can be a great fit. However, before you start applying, it's crucial to understand the certification requirements in your state.


States Where You Don't Need a Substitute Teaching Certificate


Great news for many aspiring substitutes! In the majority of states, you don't need a specific substitute teaching certificate to get started. This means you can often begin your substitute teaching journey with just a high school diploma or GED, and sometimes, a bachelor's degree or some college credits.


Here's a list of the states where you generally don't need a specific certificate:

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Kansas (though a bachelor's degree may be preferred)

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Mississippi

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee (though a bachelor's degree may be preferred)

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Vermont

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming (though a bachelor's degree may be preferred)


Note: In some of these states, individual school districts may have additional requirements or preferences.


States with Special Considerations

Your Guide to Substitute Teaching Across the U.S.: Certification Requirements by State Busybee Teachers Substitute Teachers Permanent Teachers Tutors

A few states have unique situations when it comes to substitute teaching certification:


  • Alaska: No certificate is needed for the first 19 days of substituting, but after that, you'll need one.

  • Connecticut: While no certificate is required, most districts strongly prefer substitutes to have a bachelor's degree.

  • Idaho: Larger districts typically require a certificate, while smaller ones may not.

  • Nevada: You don't need a certificate if you have a bachelor's degree or at least 62 college credits, including six in education.


States Where You DO Need a Substitute Teaching Certificate

Your Guide to Substitute Teaching Across the U.S.: Certification Requirements by State Busybee Teachers Substitute Teachers Permanent Teachers Tutors

In some states, a specific substitute teaching certificate is a must-have. This often involves completing a state-approved preparation program or meeting other specific criteria.

Here are the states where you typically need a substitute teaching certificate:


  • Alabama

  • California (see our guide for more information on [how to become a substitute teacher in California])

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Minnesota

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • North Dakota


Key Takeaways


  • Substitute teaching is a rewarding and flexible career path.

  • Certification requirements vary significantly by state.

  • In most states, you can start substitute teaching without a specific certificate.

  • Always research the requirements of the specific school district where you plan to work.


Let Busybee Teachers Help You Find Your Next Opportunity


Your Guide to Substitute Teaching Across the U.S.: Certification Requirements by State Busybee Teachers Substitute Teachers Permanent Teachers Tutors

At Busybee Teachers, we're dedicated to connecting schools with qualified substitute teachers – even those who don't have a traditional certification. Our platform makes it easy to find open assignments and get started in your new role.


Whether you're looking for a rewarding career change or simply want to give back to your community, substitute teaching could be the perfect path for you. Don't let the misconception about needing a certificate hold you back!


Start Your Journey Today with Busybee Teachers!

Comments


Join the Busybee Club

SSubscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know about the latest job opportunities and essential hiring tips. 

Thanks for submitting!

bottom of page