A substitute teacher is an individual who, in the absence of the classroom teacher, is responsible for providing instruction and managing the learning environment. The substitute teacher reports to the principal or designee at the location to which they are assigned.
Day to day job duties of a substitute teacher are determined by the classroom teacher or his/her designee, as they may vary depending upon the changing needs of the classroom(s), student(s), and/or school district. Substitute teachers of any capacity are subject to daily reassignment, depending on the needs of the day. The substitute teacher must comply with the duties outlined by the classroom teacher, principal or designee.
Qualifications and Required Documents
- A valid Pennsylvania Teaching Certification, PA Emergency Certification or +Letter of Completion
- Note: You may not excede 90 working days in a school year with an Inactive Teaching Certificate
- A Pennsylvania Criminal Records check (Act 34) that is clean and less than 5 years old **
- A Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance History (Act 151) that is clean and less than 5 years old **
- NEW! Effective 1/1/2015, you can now obtain this clearance online!
- A FBI Criminal History Record that is clean and less than 5 years old **
- Proof of a TB test or chest x-ray that is less than two years old
- 3 professional references (contact information) and/or letters
- A Resume
- Routing number and account number for direct deposit setup
- 2 Valid forms of Identification:
a) Driver's license or Photo ID and social security card
b) Driver's license or Photo ID and birth certificate
- A valid, working email address -- not a college or university address for those will expire! If you do not have a valid email address, it is recommended that you set up for example a Hotmail or GMail email account. This is how all future communications from STS will reach you.
- Effective 12/22/2014: In accordance with PA Act 168 of 2014, contact information for all current and past employers will be needed, for all jobs held where you have or had direct contact with children.
** Please note: clearances cannot be older than 5 years however, some districts may require new clearances that are less than 1 year old!
+Letter of Completion -Substitute Teacher Service, Inc. can hire newly graduated candidates with a Letter of Completion (LOC) in lieu of a PA certificate IF the following information is included in the letter.
- The candidate has completed all coursework for the degree program and/or the degree has been conferred.
- The candidate has passed all required tests needed for PA certification.
- The candidate has been recommended to PDE for certification (thru TIMS).
Please note that the requirements must be stated in past tense. If the above information is not stated in the LOC from a college/university, we will need to wait until the PA certificate is made available before hiring the candidate.
If you have taken any mandated training for Act 126 (Mandated Reporting) and/or Act 71 (Suicide Prevention), please provide proof of training-preferably a certificate of completion. Please include any additional certificates for specialized training (i.e. Crisis Prevention Intervention).
Substitute teaching is an essential part of the educational process. Each school year all district’s will look to build a workforce of substitute teachers to help aide their teachers and allow them to be replaced in times of need for the district. Each school district will rely on a qualified and enthusiastic group of sub’s that can step-up and continue the educational process in the absence of a teacher. It’s essential that the substitute teacher continues the primary teacher’s lesson plan so that the curriculum plan at hand continues to be carried out.
Essential duties and responsibilities of this position may vary in nature due to changes in schedule, student or district need, and include but are not limited to:
• Reports to the office upon arrival for check-in and reviews the plans and schedules for the day.
• Maintains a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about school personnel.
• Assumes the responsibility for overseeing student behavior in the classroom, during lunch, activity periods and out-of-class settings.
• Executes instructional activities with individual students or small groups of students following the absent teachers lesson plans.
• Provides instruction to special needs children who are part of the classroom dynamic.
• Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
• Proficiency in maintaining efficient classroom management skills.
• Conduct yourself in a polite and professional manner with other staff members and building administrators.
• Other duties may be required that are not enumerated here that are part of the classroom teacher’s curriculum or duties.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function outlined above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• Sitting or standing for extended periods of time
• Ability to quickly trail any student that elopes
• Moderate lifting from 15-35 pounds
• Moving of various items – up to 30 pounds
• Manual dexterity to use office equipment
Other Physical Requirements
• Ability to write legibly
• Vision (Near, Color, Depth Perception)
• Sense of Sound (Ability to hear fire alarms, bells, and PA system)
• Sense of Touch
• Ability to speak clearly and distinctly
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Work is performed in all areas of district buildings, grounds, vehicles, and/or any area in which a district activity or function is taking place, includes field trips, work-based learning, etc.
• Exposed to varying degrees of temperature relative to the conditions occurring in nature outside.
• The ability to work with students and adults displaying a variety of emotions including, but not limited to, joy, happiness, sorrow, fear, anger and aggression in controlled, uncontrolled and unpredictable situations.
At your interview, we will take a photo of you for an ID badge. Please dress appropriately.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: You must bring all official, original documents to your interview. Original, official documents that have been altered in any way will not be accepted.