How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Louisiana

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To become a substitute teacher in Louisiana, a person must first decide which parish (county) they would like to work in and what subjects they would like to list as specialties. The administrative office at a particular school can provide a candidate with the appropriate application packet and other important information regarding training sessions and required documentation. In the state of Louisiana, substitutes with high school diplomas can oversee classrooms. However, education requirements do vary between parishes. Those interested in teaching should check with individual school boards for their requirements before moving forward with any application process. [1]

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Education High school diploma; Some school boards require a bachelor's degree
Starting pay $55.00 per day[2]
Median pay $65.00 per day[2]
10 yr growth Faster than average
Related professions Teacher, guidance counselor, school principal
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Louisiana Substitute Teacher Job Overview

Louisiana substitute teachers fill in for full-time educators on an as-needed basis. They are tasked with picking up where other teachers leave off as far as lesson plans and other classroom duties are concerned. Depending on areas of expertise, substitute teachers can work in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools. Beyond the matter of educational instruction, substitute teachers may also be called to assist students with disciplinary issues or in the event of an emergency.[3]

Louisiana Substitute Teacher Education

In Louisiana school districts where substitutes are not required to have bachelor’s degrees, job candidates may be required to sit for a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and meet a minimum score requirement on the exam. District officials also ask every substitute to attend a mandatory orientation class before they can receive classroom assignments.[4] During this orientation, prospective substitutes learn about ethics, best practices, and basic responsibilities.[5]

Louisiana Substitute Teacher Training

Men and women seeking to work as teachers on a regular basis often begin their careers as substitute teachers. These individuals train to obtain a teaching certificate from a state-approved program while gaining relevant experience in a wide range of classroom settings. There are three levels of teacher certification. Each one involves acquiring a bachelor’s degree, completing a teacher preparation program, and receiving a passing score on the Louisiana Teacher Assistance and Assessment Program test.[6]

Louisiana Substitute Teacher Background Checks

School districts take precautionary measures to ensure all substitute teaching candidates considered are trustworthy and upstanding individuals. That is why each Louisiana school board expects applicants to submit to fingerprinting and drug testing. All information obtained through this background check is analyzed carefully before a person can be approved and issued a substitute teacher identification card.[5]

Advice for Louisiana Substitute Teachers

Tips on how to get more assignments as a substitute teacher

Also See:How to Become a Substitute Teacher, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Florida, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Mississippi, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in North Carolina, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Alabama


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