How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Oklahoma

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To become a substitute teacher in Oklahoma, a person must meet certain educational requirements, such as completing a high school education or receiving a college degree. Oklahoma substitute teachers must also agree to abide by the guidelines of the local school system in which he or she works. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that the number of open positions for elementary school teachers, including substitute teachers, will increase by over 281,000 by the year 2020.[1]

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Education High school diploma or higher
Starting pay $50.75 per day[2]
Median pay $65 per day[3]
10 yr growth Average: 17%[1]
Related professions Substitute teacher, teacher
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Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Job Overview

An Oklahoma substitute teacher is expected to help students continue with their lessons, in the event that the full-time teacher is unable to work. While the job responsibilities of substitute teachers are generally the same as those of permanent teachers, their exact duties may vary, depending on the type of class. For example, a substitute teacher who fills in for an English teacher might need to grade essays, while a substitute who works with a Physical Education class may have to organize sports and exercises for students.[4]

Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Pay

Substitute teacher pay in Oklahoma can be as low as $50.75 per day or as high as $174.07 per day. The range of substitute teacher salaries is affected by the person's educational experience, the specific school district, and the length of the assignment. For example, the Oklahoma City school district pays non-certified substitute teachers an entry-level rate of $50.75 per day.[2] The Norman school district, however, begins non-certified substitute teacher salaries at $60 per day. Those who work for the school district on a long-term assignment and have a teaching certificate are eligible for a daily pay rate of $174.07.[5]

Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Education

School districts in Oklahoma issue different education requirements for substitute teachers. Some require a high school diploma, while others require a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate. The Tulsa School District requires that all substitute teachers complete at least 48 hours of college coursework.[6] The Oklahoma City school system, though, only stipulates that substitute teachers have a high school diploma or GED. However, those who have a bachelor's degree and a teaching certification receive a higher pay rate.[2]

Oklahoma Substitute Teacher Training

Substitute teachers who intend to pursue teaching certification in Oklahoma must complete state-approved training programs. Typically, this involves completing a college or university education program. For example, to get a traditional teaching certificate in Oklahoma (which is required to substitute in some assignments), a teacher must have a bachelor's degree and a written recommendation from a college or university in Oklahoma. However, the state issues separate certification requirements for those who have served active duty in the U.S. military.[7]

Substitute Teaching for Kindergarten

Suggestions for substitute teaching in early grades

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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