Most Mississippi school districts require a minimum of an associate’s degree in order to be able to substitute teach. Some mandate that substitute teachers have a bachelor’s degree. Check with your local school district for its requirements. Official college transcripts must be presented at the time you apply.
No experience is necessary for most substitute teaching positions in Mississippi, although some school districts prefer that you have some experience working with children.
Criminal History Background Check
When you apply to become a Mississippi substitute teacher, you must sign a Child Abuse Registry Authorization Form and a Background Check Authorization Form. This authorizes the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to run your fingerprints through a complete background check. You may not work as a substitute teacher until all background checks are completed.
Contact your local Mississippi public school system for information on substitute teaching opportunities. A list of all Mississippi school district websites may be found here for your convenience.