Idaho has two types of Substitute Teachers. Classified Substitute Teachers hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject while Non-Classified Substitute Teachers only have a H.S. Diploma or G.E.D. Most urban school districts in Idaho only employ classified substitutes and give a higher consideration to those holding a teacher credential.
Obtain Official College Transcripts
You will need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor’s degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.
Get Your Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Checks are performed by the Idaho State Department of Education. There is a $40 fee for the process. It includes a Statewide Criminal Identification Bureau check, a Federal Bureau of Investigation check and the National Crime Information Center and Idaho sex offender registry check. It will take about 5-8 weeks to receive your results so you should complete this process well before you apply to a district.
Complete Your Application
For the school district that interests you complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents. Some school districts have online applications while others require you to obtain an application from the district offices and return them to the same offices when completed.
Complete Substitute Teacher Training
Some districts require you to complete a substitute teacher training course or orientation. Contact the district you are interested in working with for details.
Letters of Recommendation
Many Idaho school districts ask you to submit letters of recommendation along with your application for substitute teaching. It is a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation for professionalism and because most school districts will require these recommendations at the time of application.
Substitute Teaching Pay in Idaho
Rates for substitute teaching vary by district. For the Coeur d’Alene School District daily rates are $65.00 and $35.00 for a half day. If the position is for a certified teacher in the same classroom for 10 consecutive full days, the pay is $80.00 per day starting on the 11th day.