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Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Nevada, NV

Nevada, a state that has been struggling with gradation rates in recent years, is looking to add more skilled and enthusiastic teachers to its educational system. This means that more subs will be required as well, making now a great time to look into the educational field. Being a substitute teacher brings with it the need to have a flexible schedule as you  may be called upon to work on short notice. Many full-time salaried teachers started as subs and greatly appreciate the experience as it allows you to get a feel for the teaching industry without fully committing to a 4 year degree right off the bat. Many subs also enjoy the flexible work schedule as it allows them to pursue other ventures on the side, often times finishing up their Bachelors Degree or working part-time on the side. Another alluring aspect is that many states and districts do not require a Bachelors Degree in order to begin subbing, making it the perfect job if looking to work and complete a Bachelors at the same time.

  

Required Training, Qualifications, and Education

To be a substitute teacher in Nevada you do not need a Bachelors Degree, however you must have at least 60 hours of collegiate courses, 6 of which are in education. You will also need to go in for state fingerprinting and state and federal background checks. Some districts may have other requirements so make sure to check before applying.

Licensure and Certification

The following situations are required for a substitute teacher license (Valid for 3 year)–

  • Submit the Substitute Application through a local school system
  • Include any official transcripts, references, or other relevant material
  • Include required Application fee/s
  • Meet any additional state requirements

Career Expectations For Substitutes in Nevada

Economic upturn has allowed Nevada, along with most other states in the nation, to continue expanding its educational system. This coupled with growing state and national populations means that teachers are not only in demand presently, but will continue to be for quite some time. Teachers faired better then most through the recession, and are doing even better now through the economic upturn. Since most states do not require a Bachelors Degree in order to sub, it is easy for people to work subbing while also continuing education or working another part time job on the side for income supplement. Also, since subbing requires fairly open availability, many sub find they have extra free time they can use to pursue their other interests. Whether you want to ultimately be a full time salaried teacher or not, subbing looks great on any resume as it shows you not only have the capability to teach others, but the patience to deal with people who may not understand concepts right away.

Salary Expectation

Currently, the average salary for a Substitute Teacher in Nevada is approximately $27,000 a year (according to bls.gov) which is about 7% lower then the national average. Important to keep in mind is the fact that this average can be skewed greatly as final pay is determined by district, experience, and education. Additional income can be gained through other part time work when you are not substitute teaching.