To begin substitute teaching in Tennessee, you will need the following:
- High school diploma or GED
- Fingerprint card and background check
- Skills Test
- Completed application and application fees
- Official Transcripts
- Letters of recommendation
Contact your local school district to determine what that district requires of you. Follow that district’s application process. Here you can find a complete listing of Tennessee school districts.
Get Your Tennessee Fingerprint Clearance Card
Visit Tennessee’s Department of Health to start your fingerprint and background check.
Obtain Official Transcripts
Education requirements vary by district, but you need your official transcripts, sealed and unopened. Submit your official transcripts with your substitute teacher application.
Letters of Recommendation
Many Tennessee 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.
Complete and Submit Your Application for Certification
Obtain an application from the district you wish to work for. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and any other supporting documents to the school district that interests you.
Substitute Teacher Jobs in Tennessee
The best way to find employment is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you’d like to teach. Here you can find a complete listing of Tennessee school districts.
Resources for Teacher Certification in Tennessee
Tennessee Department of Education
Office of Teacher Licensing
710 James Robertson Parkway
4th Floor Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243-0377