Substitute Teachers, Short-Term


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8.2% (as fast as the average)


What Substitute Teachers, Short-Term Do

Teach students on a short-term basis as a temporary replacement for a regular classroom teacher, typically using the regular teacher's lesson plan.

Other Job Titles Substitute Teachers, Short-Term May Have

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Substitute teacher ,


I arrive early at the assigned classroom and review classroom procedures and the lesson plans. I greet the students when they arrive. I introduce myself. I give the students that their teacher assign. I monitor the class and give assistance when needed. Sometimes I teach the lesson; this often occurs with students in the early grades.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Answer students' questions.
  • Assist students with boarding or exiting school buses.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to improve professional competence.
  • Counsel students with adjustment or academic problems.
  • Distribute or collect tests or homework assignments.

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