Massachusetts Substitute Teaching License

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Substitute teachers in Massachusetts need not have a permit or be licensed. They are, however, expected to meet minimum qualifications. Each school district that employs substitutes must ensure that they meet these qualifications.

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Education Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is necessary to substitute teach in most subjects. However, a combination of education and work experience may be accepted in certain fields.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Massachusetts.

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Experience

To substitute in business or academic fields, the work experience you must have varies according to the education you have attained, as follows:
  • If you have a high school diploma or GED only, you may not substitute teach in an area without specific training in that area.
  • If you have a high school diploma or GED and a certificate in a specialty area, you must have six years of work experience.
  • If you have an associate’s degree in a specialty area (or an associate’s degree and a certificate in a specialty), you must have four years of work experience in that specialty area.
  • If you have a bachelor’s degree not in the specialty area, you must have four years of work experience in the specialty area.
  • If you have a bachelor’s degree not in a specialty area with a certificate in the specialty area, you must have three years of work experience in the specialty area.
  • If you have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree with a major or minor in the specialty area you wish to teach, no work experience is required.
  • If you have a master’s degree not in the specialty area but a certificate in the specialty area, you must have three years of work experience in the specialty area.
  • If you have a master’s degree not in the specialty area, you must have four years of work experience in the specialty area.

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Criminal History Background Check

School districts in Massachusetts will not hire you without you submitting to a criminal history background check. When you apply for a substitute teaching position with a school district, information will be given to you on how to go about completing the requirements for a criminal history background check.

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Contact Information

Contact your local public school system for more information about substitute teaching opportunities.

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