For the basic requirements to become a substitute teacher in St. Mary’s County are:
Tier 1 - Applicants holding a valid Maryland certification for teaching.
Tier 2 - Applicants that have graduated from an accredited college/university with at least a Bachelor's degree.
Tier 3 - Applicants that have completed two years of a Bachelor's degree program leading to certification in education.
Tier 4 - Applicants that have graduated from an accredited college with at least an Associate's degree or have passed the ParaPro Assessment Test.
Applicants for substitute teaching will be reviewed and candidates will be selected based on four tiers of selection. Tier 1 applicants will be selected first, Tier 2 second, etc.
Candidates must also agree to:
- Submit to a criminal history background check.
- Successfully complete the substitute training course.
- Commit to at least 10 days of substituting per school year.
All employees of a public school system in Maryland are required to submit their fingerprints and undergo a criminal history background check. The State of Maryland charges the public schools a $60.00 fee for each set of fingerprints submitted. This fee must be paid by the substitute at the time the fingerprinting takes place.
Below is the 2014-2015 Substitute Employee Training Class Schedule. Each Substitute Employee Training Class will consist of two full day sessions (9:00 AM – 3:30 PM) and a classroom observation at any of our county schools (minimum ½ day). All interested applicants must apply online. For additional information please call Ellen Johnson at 301-475-5511, ext. 32189.
It is the responsibility of each participant to contact the school administration (of your choice), schedule, and complete a classroom observation between the two sessions.
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Substitute teachers are hired to teach students in the absence of a teacher, on a daily or long-term basis. Preferred applicants have had some experience in working with children. Substitute employees are paid every two weeks during the school year, based upon the number of days worked. A substitute employee (paraeducator, secretary or teacher) without a bachelor's degree is paid $60 per day and a substitute employee (paraeducator, secretary or teacher) with a degree is paid $70 per day. A substitute teacher who is a retiree from SMCPS or within the state of Maryland is paid $80 per day. As a substitute, you can:
- Make a difference for the children of our community.
- Gain experience in an educational environment.
- Determine your own days and hours of availability.
- Select the schools in which you want to work.
- Be at home when school is not in session.
- Maintain your status as a full-time teacher applicant.
- Earn extra money while you are working part-time elsewhere.
Essential Job Functions of Substitute Teachers
- Assumes all duties and responsibilities of the regular teacher in a given day. Long-term substitutes may also be required to attend staff meetings, parent conferences, etc.
- Maintains effective working relationships with other employees and the public and deals with the public relations problems courteously and tactfully.
- Carries out written plans left by the regular teacher for the day's lessons and routines. Marks pupil assignments and classroom work according to school and teacher evaluation policies.
- Records pupil absences according to school procedures.
- Assumes the teacher's responsibility for supervision of students in the building, on the grounds, or on field trips.
- Becomes familiar with and follows school and division procedures for routines and emergencies.
- Leaves a clear, written summary for the teacher of the work covered and other relevant comments.
- During planning period, performs duties as requested by teacher or school administrator.
- Maintains confidentiality at all times: in classroom, school site, administrative buildings and in the community.