Despite tighter school budgets and teacher layoffs, there are districts throughout the U.S. that periodically experience a shortage in substitute teachers. Ohio is a state in which substitutes are frequently in high demand. Substitutes are used when regular classroom teachers are sick, on vacation or participating in professional development activities.
To substitute in any Ohio school district you must obtain a substitute teacher license. To qualify you must provide official transcripts from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree and undergo Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and FBI background checks.
You must be sponsored by a school district or the County Educational Service Center to obtain a short- or long-term substitute license. Either institution will gather the required paperwork and begin the necessary background checks. They do so under the assumption that you be working for their district. Licenses are good from July 1 to June 30 and can be renewed at the request of the employing school district. Some Ohio school districts require training as a condition of employment. Training is provided by The Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers at a nominal fee, and participants who complete the training receive an SSCO Certificate of Completion. This certification serves as recommendation that you be considered for preferred status on school districts’ lists of substitute teachers.
Substitute teachers in Ohio can earn anywhere from $75 to $100 per day, depending upon the school district in which they work.
A substitute teacher must be able to interpret the regular classroom teacher's lesson plans and when necessary, come up with lessons of her own. She must be able to quickly adapt to new situations, handle students she doesn't know and help to implement standing lesson plans.