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New path to become a substitute teacher
New path to become a substitute teacher
Kate Martin
Friday, August 21, 2020

There’s a new path to certification for people who would like to become a substitute teacher. And guess what? District 32 needs more subs!

Missouri’s State Board of Education announced this week the approval of a new process for substitute teacher certification, which includes a 20- hour online course. This was made possible by an emergency rule filed on Aug. 19, which will take effect on Sept. 2.

Previously, those who wished to obtain a substitute certification had to complete at least 60 semester hours of college-level credit from an accredited, degree-granting institution recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).  Additionally, candidates had to pass a background check, submit fingerprints to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and apply for a state substitute certificate.

In recent years, schools like District 32 have experienced shortages of subs.

“As we reopen during a pandemic, and with the onset of flu season just ahead, we anticipate a greater need for substitute teachers,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeanie White. “At the same time, we’re concerned that we will have fewer available substitutes; those with underlying health issues may understandably take a break from subbing to protect their health.

“We are excited that DESE has created this plan to address the potential shortage of substitute teachers due to COVID-19,” Mrs. White said.

Following the State Board of Education’s decision Wednesday, individuals who are at least 21 years old, possess a high school diploma or equivalent may complete a 20-hour state-approved substitute teacher online training to be eligible for a substitute certificate. The training includes topics such as professionalism, honoring diversity, engaging students, foundational classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students with special needs, and working with at-risk youth.

Registration for this online training opens Sept. 2 at https://www.frontlineeducation.com/pages/resources/modese/. The cost is $175.

Applicants will also be required to undergo a background check, be fingerprinted, and obtain their Missouri Content Substitute Certificate. These steps cost just over $100 per applicant; District 32 has obtained a grant to help defray the cost for those who agree to substitute at least 10 days this school year.

To apply to be a substitute teacher at Perry County School District, complete the application process at https://bit.ly/3hgtw0Z.  The current rate of pay for substitute teachers at District 32 is $85 per day.

For more information, please visit the DESE Substitute Teacher site at https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers.

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