A substitute teacher is one who teaches a class on behalf of the regular teacher who is absent due to various reasons such as illness or personal leave. To become a permanent teacher, you must serve two consecutive school years of tenure. Substitute teachers must serve 75% of the total school year in order for it to be considered as tenure.
It is a great idea to set your sights on climbing up the ladder from substitute teaching to becoming a permanent teacher. However, you must identify this need quickly. Some schools might refuse to hire you because of your age. These are schools with a specific age bracket for their teachers because they want those that will stay on for a longer period of time.
The first step to take is to network if you want to gain a full time position. It is important to know the right people sp that you can fulfill their needs, from the school principal, to the teachers and the staff. These are the people who are going to give you the right information, as well as let you in when a permanent teaching position is available. Ensure that you’re easily available and flexible, especially with last minute requests that you are bound to receive.
One of the key pointers is that you need to not be timid when asking for help. Talk to the school administration and other teachers. These are your co-workers and they will give you ideas and provide you with assistance, but remember to do this professionally. Create a rapport with the school principal. This way, you’re bound to be considered for any job opening that may come up.
In some areas like New York, to become a permanent teacher, you must apply for certification. This certification is valid for only a limited amount of time. All applicants must pass the New York state assessment teaching skills. You must also progress to level three of the certificate levels. This certificate doesn’t expire but it has to be maintained through continuing education.
Therefore, you must understand the evolving education requirements. Renew your certificates at least every five years to keep up with the changing times. Continuing education must be done in an accredited college. It’s also important to show a mastery of general knowledge and professional preparation for your certificate. You also need to pass a general test, college level academic skills (CLAST) and have a valid teaching license given by the U.S state or its territory. A valid certificate also issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be of added value when applying to become a permanent teacher.
Finally, always do a follow up on any interview or job request that you have made. This will ensure that you’re constantly on the mind of the person who you had consulted with earlier about a job opening. Do this in a way that portrays professionalism and you will be sure to successfully transition from substitute teaching to gaining a permanent teaching position.