Comadre, Did you Know You Could Become a California Substitute Teacher in Just 5 Steps?

Comadre, have you ever considered teaching? Or are you currently on the road to becoming a teacher? You may be aware that California is suffering from a teacher and substitute teacher shortage. What many people don’t know is that you can help fill this gap, become a substitute teacher in just a few steps, and start working right away. 

To start the process of becoming a substitute teacher in California, follow these steps: 

Step 1:  

Log into the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website and select Emergency 30-Day Substitute Teaching Permit  (Day-to-Day Substitute Teaching). 

*NOTE: If you are interested in becoming a teacher and have not yet received a Bachelor’s Degree, select Emergency Substitute Teaching Permit for Prospective Teachers  (For individuals who have not earned a Bachelor’s or higher degree).

Step 2:  

Gather your documents for submission. Application packets must include:

  1. Official transcripts confirming a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Basic skills requirement. See Commission leaflet CL-667, entitled Basic Skills Requirement.
  3. Completed application (form 41-4), and, if not previously submitted to the Commission, a completed Live Scan receipt (form 41-LS). Out-of-State residents must submit two fingerprint cards (FD-258), in lieu of a Live Scan receipt. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet.
  4. Application processing fees.

NOTE: Basic skills requirements can be met without CBEST.

Step3: Create a login ID for the CTC website to submit the documents for your permit.

Step 4: Submit your packet and wait for the livescan to clear (about 5 days for California residents).

Step 5 Look for substitute teaching jobs in your area and apply! Use

Substitute teacher positions vary in pay throughout California. The average daily pay is $200.00 and can run anywhere from $150-$250 per day. There are no benefits and no health insurance. 

Comadre, would you put your name in a pool of substitute teachers for your local school district?

What do you think?
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Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia

Leticia Chavez-Garcia is a Mother, Grandmother, former Middle School Teacher, former Member of a School Board of Education and an Education Advocate for hundreds of parents and students in the Inland Empire. Having become a mother at 15, Leticia knows what it’s like to be a single mother trying to navigate the education system. Leticia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from California Baptist University and a Masters’ Degree in Education Technology from Cal State Fullerton in her 30’s. Leticia has used her knowledge and experience to help hundreds of families as an Education Advocate in the Inland Empire and currently works as an Education Specialist.

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