How To Become A Substitute Teacher In Alabama

How To Become A Substitute Teacher In Alabama

If you’re looking for a way to make extra money and are interested in working with children, becoming a substitute teacher in Alabama might be the perfect fit for you. Here’s what you need to know about becoming a substitute teacher in Alabama.

What Do Substitute Teachers Do?

Substitute teachers are hired by school districts to fill in for regular teachers who are out on leave or vacation. They typically work one-day assignments at several different schools across the district. Most districts have rules about how long substitutes can work and how many days they can teach in any given week, but these rules vary by district. Some districts even have policies that allow substitutes to work longer than their contracted time if there is an emergency at the school, such as a bus driver calling in sick or a student falling ill during class.

To become a substitute teacher in Alabama, you’ll need to apply through your local school district’s human resources office (often referred to as “HR”). You’ll need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university—or currently enrolled in an accredited degree program—and at least one year of full-time teaching experience (or two years if this experience was not obtained through traditional classroom teaching).

How To Become A Substitute Teacher In Alabama

  1. Earn your high school diploma. …
  2. Find a school district. …
  3. Get an employer recommendation. …
  4. Complete and pass a criminal history background check. …
  5. Remain open to communication. …
  6. Accept substitute teaching jobs.
  1. Print out and complete this form.
    • If the link to the form doesn’t work: You can always find the page by navigating to the Certification help page and clicking “I would like to be a substitute teacher”.
  2. You must pay the application fee. There are 3 ways to pay.
    1. Online – Be sure to print your payment proof.
    2. Money Order
    3. Cashier’s check
  3. Gather your completed substitute license application, proof of payment, and a copy of your high school diploma (or higher) and follow the necessary steps for the school district where you are applying to work.
    • NOTE: Proof of payment: money order, cashier’s check, or a copy of the online receipt.
  4. After you have submitted your application, it will typically take 3 weeks to process, at which point you can use the TCERT website ( in order to find a verification of your substitute license.
  5. How will you know your application is processed? You will be able to tell that it is processed as you will see a “1” appear under the right-hand side category, “Lic.” and you will see “Valid” next to the description of your license in the box below your name.

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