South Carolina Substitute Teacher Requirements


The South Carolina Department of Education doesn't require substitute teachers to meet the same requirements as permanent teachers. For example, substitute teachers need only a high school diploma to apply for a job, but permanent teachers must have a four-year degree and a license to teach. The state allows individual districts to establish requirements and determine pay scales for substitute teachers who teach at schools under their supervision.

Possible Prerequisites

  • The criteria for substitute teachers varies by district. For example, substitute teachers who apply for jobs in Richland School District Two must be 21 years of age and possess a high school diploma. They must also complete an application packet, provide three professional references, pass a Tuberculosis test, complete a background check, and attend an orientation and training class. Previous experience working with students, organizational strengths, a passion for education and strong communication skills are a plus.

All in a Day's Pay

  • Substitute teacher pay varies by district. For example, according to 2012 data on the York County District Three website, non-certified substitute teachers earn $55 per day. Out-of-state certified teachers receive $65 per day, in-state certified teachers get $70 per day and retired teachers who still have South Carolina certification receive $100 per day. Long-term substitute teachers can earn up to $130 per day, but teacher certification or a college degree is mandatory.

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