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Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Utah, UT

Utah, a state with 491,000 public students and 899 public schools is ranked 34th in terms of state population. Positive economic factors have allowed for educational system growth throughout the nation. This has allowed for more teachers to be hired and subsequently more substitutes are needed as well. There are few better ways of getting started in the educational field then substitute teaching, and now is an ideal time to consider it. One of the most important things to keep in mind when considering a position as a substitute teacher is the need for open availability, as a position may need to be filled with little to no warning. However, having a flexible schedule allows substitutes more free time to do things like continue education or work on the side, an opportunity not so easily afforded to full-time teachers. Potential full-time teachers should seriously consider substitute teaching as it allows the opportunity to get a feel for the educational field before committing completely. Another bonus to substitute teaching is that most states do not require a Bachelors Degree, so it is possible to substitute teach while completing a 4 year degree.

  

Required Training, Qualifications, and Education

Bachelor Degree requirement in Utah varies by district so make sure to check with local schools and districts to meet any necessary requirements. In all cases it is also required to submit to state and federal fingerprinting and background checks, as well as have a high-school GED. 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-

  • 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 Utah

Teachers and substitutes alike have been in demand recently as positive economic factors have allowed states to continue adding to their educational systems, especially now as the nation comes out of recession. Job security in the educational field is fortified by consistent state and national growth, causing educators to be in need well into the foreseeable future. Having substitute work on a resume can greatly distinguish you from others when looking to transition to a full-time salaried position as teaching experience is a huge bonus when applying for teaching positions. Many teaching positions are looking for teachers with experience, which is hard to get, making substitute teaching especially attractive. Many substitutes find it possible to continue their education or work part-time when not substitute teaching, as subs generally have pretty flexible work schedules. Regardless of whether you wish to become a full-time salaried teacher or not, substitute teaching shows potential employers you have valuable experience with very important skill sets including strong personal communication abilities as well as good organizational and information presentation strengths.

Salary Expectation

Currently, the average salary for a Substitute Teacher in Utah is approximately $27,000 a year (according to bls.gov) which is about 8% lower then the national average. Actual pay can vary greatly as final wages are dependent upon district, experience, and education. Additional income can be gained through other part time work when you are not substitute teaching.