All public school districts in Alaska require substitute teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many districts also require newly hired substitute teachers to complete additional training at the school and/or district in which they will work. This may be in topics such as classroom management or school rules and regulations. Some districts require new substitutes to complete this training only if they do not have at least a year of classroom teaching experience. Other districts require new substitutes to complete an assessment prior to working in a classroom. Check the requirements of the district in which you would like to substitute teach.
Alaska public school districts will each have their own experience requirements for prospective substitutes. Some will require additional training if substitutes have less than a year of classroom experience, while others will not allow substitutes to work without some experience. Contact your local school district for their procedures and policies.
Criminal History Background Check
All teachers in Alaska, including substitute teachers, must undergo a criminal history background check. This is usually done at the time of application with a specific school district for a substitute teacher position. The district will provide you with an FBI fingerprint card and direct you to the proper location to obtain fingerprints.
Some Alaska public school districts may allow you to choose the grade levels or school in which you wish to substitute.
Payment schedules for Alaska substitute teachers vary from one school district to the next. Short-term substitutes (for terms of less than 20 days) can earn up to $120 per day, while long-term substitutes (who teach for a period of 20 days or more) could earn up to $140 per day. Some Alaska school districts also offer bonus incentives to substitute teachers who work a certain number of days out of the school year (for example, those who work 99 days or more might earn an extra $300 as a bonus incentive).
Each school district has its own application deadlines for substitute teachers. Contact the district in which you are interested in substitute teaching for more information.
Contact your local Alaska public school system for more information about substitute teaching.