How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Mississippi

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To become a substitute teacher in Mississippi, an educator must obtain a high school diploma. Gaining experience in either education or in working with children is also helpful. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job growth for grade school educators, including substitute teachers, is estimated to exceed 17 percent by the year 2020.[1]

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Education High school diploma
Starting pay $7.25 per hour[2]
Median pay $65 per day[3]
10 yr growth Average: 17%[1]
Related professions Substitute teacher, teacher
Author Selena Robinson

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Mississippi Substitute Teacher Job Overview

Substitute teachers in Mississippi need several important qualities, including flexibility and patience. Since teachers often have to provide additional instruction for students, they must show patience in helping their classes gain an understanding of the lesson.[4] However, flexibility is also important for substitute teachers in Mississippi, because their assignments may vary greatly, depending on the day, grade, and subject they teach. In most cases, Mississippi substitute teachers are expected to perform the same responsibilities as permanent educators, including writing lessons, giving examinations, and grading homework assignments.[5]

Mississippi Substitute Teacher Pay

Depending on the school district, Mississippi substitute teachers may be paid by the hour or by the day. Their salary often depends on the level of education they receive. For example, the McComb School District pays substitute teachers who do not have a college a degree $7.25 per hour.[2] On the other hand, the Jackson Public School system pays long-term substitutes who have a college degree and a teaching license $85 per day.[3]

Mississippi Substitute Teacher Education

Becoming a substitute teacher in Mississippi generally does not require obtaining a college degree. However, the pay rate for those who do not have a four-year degree may be lower than for those who do. In addition, teachers who have a license may receive higher pay and have access to more assignments For example, the Lincoln County school system pays substitute teachers who have a college degree $10 more per day than those who have a high school diploma.[6]

Mississippi Substitute Teacher Training

Individual school districts may provide substitute teacher training courses for new educators. In some cases, applicants may be required to attend these programs before they can accept assignments. For example, the Starkville School District holds training workshops for substitute teachers who are new to the school system. Those who attend are expected to bring proof of their identification, a fingerprinting fee, and a completed substitute teacher application.[7]

Experiences as a Substitute Teacher

A new substitute teacher shares her experiences

Also See: How to Become a Substitute Teacher, How To Become a Substitute Teacher in Wyoming, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Minnesota, How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Alabama, How To Become a Substitute Teacher in West Virginia, How to Become a Teacher


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