How Do I Become a Substitute Teacher in Connecticut?
Read for an overview on the steps to become a substitute teacher in Connecticut. Get the facts on the education and experience requirements as well as exceptions.
Info for Connecticut Substitute Teachers
The state of Connecticut does not require substitute teachers to gain official licensure or authorization as long as they have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and do not teach more than 40 days in a single assignment every year. Because the recruitment process is handled differently in each school district, education and work experience requirements are not uniform across the state. The table below is an overview of the education requirements and earnings statistics for substitute teachers in Connecticut.
|Education Required||Bachelor's degree|
|Experience Needed||Over a year of teaching experience, possible|
|Skills Needed||Instructing, coordination, learning strategies, speaking, listening|
|Average Salary (2018)||$33,800 (for Connecticut substitute teachers)*|
|Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)||10% growth (for all teachers and instructors nationwide)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Research the Application Process in Your School District
Because no formal authorization is required from the Connecticut Department of Education, the recruitment process is different depending on the school district. Each school district has a Board of Education tasked with the recruitment and hiring of substitute teachers (with different requirements and application processes). While a bachelor's degree is a statewide requirement, some schools also require their candidates to have one or several years of teaching experience in order to apply. If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you may still be eligible to apply. All schools are allowed to request exceptions to the education requirement directly from the Connecticut Department of Education. In order to be eligible for an approved exception, you must have experience with children, a high school diploma (or equivalent), and be 18 years or older.
Step 2: Get Added to a School's Substitute Teacher List
Once you have completed the recruitment process, you will be added to the substitute teacher list for your school district or individual school, where you will be contacted should the need for a teacher arise throughout the school year. Rates are not uniform across the state and depend on the school district. In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that substitute teachers have a nationwide median salary of $13.89 per hour and $28,680 per year. In Connecticut, the 2018 rates for substitute teachers were slightly higher, with median salaries of $16.25 per hour and $33,800 per year.
Step 3: Receive Special Authorization If Needed
Substitute teachers who continue the same class assignment for more than 40 days in a single year must get special authorization from the Connecticut Department of Education. The 40 day limit is applicable regardless of whether the days are consecutive or spread out over several months. In order to be eligible for this special authorization, candidates must have a minimum of 12 hours of college credits in the subject they are teaching as a substitute. This requirement can be waived for substitute teachers with a Connecticut teaching certificate that is applicable to the subject of the assignment.