How to become a substitute teacher in Arizona
What if we told you that there is a job out there that will let you:
- Take control of your work schedule.
- Earn as much as $225 per day.
- Give back to your community.
- Find your passion.
Does all of the above sound appealing? Then we highly recommend becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona.
If you live in Arizona or are thinking about moving there, substitute teaching is a great way to get involved in your local community, balance professional and personal interests, and earn some additional money on the side.
The amazing thing about becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona is that schools need substitute teachers more than ever, and becoming a sub is straightforward and easy.
Ready to learn more? You’ve come to the right place. Find out why you should consider becoming a substitute teacher and how Swing helps you every step of the way.
Why should you consider becoming a substitute teacher?
People chose to become a substitute teacher for a variety of reasons. Whether you’re interested in working in schools or simply looking for flexible, part-time work, becoming a substitute teacher is worth investigating.
Substitute teaching is a rich career that values each individual's unique personality, strengths, and background, all while allowing you to impact the lives of the students in your community.
In addition to that, becoming a substitute teacher has never been easier or and there has never been a greater need for the role than there is today.
When you become a substitute, you control how much you make by choosing how often you work, you can pick where and when you sub, and you have access to resources to make your experience as successful and rewarding as possible.
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What are the benefits of becoming a substitute teacher?
Whether you want to work with students on a regular basis or a few times a month, you will benefit from the experience of being a substitute teacher.
Here are just a few of the ways being a substitute teacher can positively impact your life:
- You give back to your community and make a difference in students' lives.
- You’re helping solve a nation-wide teacher staffing shortage.
- You’re giving yourself the flexibility to support yourself while pursuing other personal or professional goals.
- The average substitute salary in Arizona is about $145/day, but can be as high as $225/day in some districts.
- You are gaining transferable skills that will help you in roles both in and outside of the classroom.
- You are discovering your interests and passions as you teach in a variety of grade levels and subject areas.
Substitute teaching is a flexible and rewarding career. Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time work and have career goals beyond the classroom, substitute teaching can be a valuable milestone in your career trajectory.
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What requirements do you need to meet to become a substitute teacher in Arizona?
Arizona has a relatively easy path to certification for substitute teachers. In fact, no additional testing requirements are necessary, although you will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
In order to get started, here is an overview of the requirements to become a substitute teacher in Arizona:
- A bachelor’s degree in any subject
- An Application for Certification
- A fingerprint check
To start the certification process, download and complete the four-page application, and then mail the certificate in along with the following:
- A $60 processing fee
- A photocopy of your fingerprint clearance card
- Your official transcripts
Beyond these formal requirements, your background, age, experience and personality can also be assets. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, share your love of learning and bring your unique approach and stories to the classroom.
If you choose to become a substitute teacher with Swing, we make it easy for substitute teacher candidates to move efficiently through the application process and access multiple schools. In fact, it takes just a couple of minutes to complete our background questionnaire, and one of our team members will then guide you through the next steps.
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How can you get hired as a substitute teacher?
If you meet the requirements for becoming a substitute teacher and you are ready to apply for jobs, here are a few things to keep in mind so you stand out as a strong candidate.
Show your individuality
Teaching is about more than following a lesson plan.
Success in the classroom is about bringing together your personality, your background experience, and an endless well of patience to bring concepts to life for your students.
Feel empowered to approach the role in your own way. Expressing yourself in the classroom and being a successful substitute teacher are not mutually exclusive.
Research ahead of time
Do you want to teach at a charter school or a large metropolitan school district? What about high schoolers or elementary school students? These are all good things to know before applying for substitute teaching jobs.
Do your research and determine what school setting aligns best with your interests or skills. It’s also worth researching individual schools in your community: knowing about their administrators, recent successes, and initiatives can help you start off on the right foot.
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Honor the diverse students in your classroom
Students come from a range of educational, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Just like you have your own background and experiences that you bring to the classroom, it’s important to recognize and honor that your students bring their own unique identities to the classroom as well.
Be prepared from the start
Before you start substitute teaching, it helps to know what you might encounter on the other side of the classroom door.
If you want even more information, you can request to speak with current substitute or full-time teachers or even join an online community for substitute teachers.
Draw from past experience
During the interview and training process, you may be asked to use examples from your previous work experiences to demonstrate your success as a substitute teacher. When you answer:
- Briefly describe the project or situation
- Be specific about your role and contributions
- Site concrete examples and outcomes
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How does Swing Education make applying to become a substitute teacher easier?
Whether you’re preparing for your first day as a substitute teacher or you’re a seasoned sub looking for more flexibility and control over your career as a sub, Swing Education makes the process of becoming a substitute teacher easier, from onboarding to finding substitute assignments.
Instead of looking for jobs at individual schools or districts, filling out duplicate copies of applications and juggling different schools schedules and assignments, Swing brings it all together on one intuitive platform.
Streamline applications with Swing
When you’re ready to substitute teach with Swing, here’s how to get started: complete the onboarding questionnaire, which will make its way to a Swing onboarding advisor. They will then guide you through the requirements and application process.
During the onboarding process, our advisors will ensure you have all the information needed to select the teaching roles you want in as little as two weeks, including public, private, and charter schools.
Get the sub jobs you want
Say goodbye to waiting until the night before to find out where and what you’ll be teaching. With Swing, we give you the tools you need to have more control over your subbing experience, all in one platform.
Once you’re on board, we:
- Take your preferences and skills into account to align you to the best-fit positions.
- Let you sort openings based on criteria such as:
- Commute time
- Grade level
- School location
- School subject
- Allow you to create saved searches and a “School Favorites” list.
- Provide access to training, resources and more throughout the year.
In other words, you can choose your assignments easier and faster, without all the paperwork, last-minute surprises or juggling of temp agencies or job boards.
We’re excited to get to know you and learn more about who you are and where you would like to teach.
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