Substitute Teacher Certificate

  • Program Description 

    The Substitute Teacher Certificate is designed to provide minimum entry-level skills and competencies to meet the substitute teacher's ongoing need for continuing education and professional growth experiences.

    In addition to enhanced employment opportunities, this certificate offers a first step towards an Associate degree in the Teacher Education Transfer Program. This first-level certification prepares a student to substitute in pre-K and elementary school. Those seeking secondary-level Substitute Teacher Certification must choose an additional six credits from the Program Electives and/or Secondary-level Electives appropriate to their area of secondary specialization.

Career Options and Occupation Outlook

  • Teacher assistants and substitute teachers work in public and private schools, childcare centers, and for religious organizations. About 4 in 10 worked part time in 2012. Most do not work during the summer. Educational requirements, which vary by school district and position, range from a high school diploma to an associate’s degree.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that “Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 9 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected due to increases in student enrollment in elementary and secondary schools as well as in childcare and preschool.”

Skills Needed

  • Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.   

    Additional information on the job is found at Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Teacher Assistants, on the Internet at 

Program Faculty

  • Professor Lorraine Brown
    Program Coordinator of Education and Special Education

    Liberty Campus, Main Building, Room 253G
    410-462-7781 (office)

Job Description

  • Teacher assistants and substitute teachers work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.