FOUNDATIONS IN EFFECTIVE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER TRAINING
I took this class 5 years ago, before my first stint of sub teaching and it helped me feel more prepared before entering a classroom. Now, on my 2nd time doing this class, after not having subbed for approximately 3 years, I definitely feel better going into my first assignment after getting this refresher.I really enjoyed learning about child development and I liked all the strategies for classroom management.
Most states have established requirements for individuals who want to substitute teach in public schools. In some states, those requirements specify that substitutes without teacher certification must receive training before entering the classroom.
In Wisconsin, for instance, you need to obtain a Substitute Teaching Permit from the Department of Public Instruction before being hired as a substitute. You are eligible for that permit if you possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and receive appropriate training. This online class will provide that training, along with documentation when you successfully complete the lessons.
Even if your state does not require training for a substitute position, you will benefit from taking this course. It will provide you with a high quality foundation or review to effectively work in the educational community.
If you currently hold a substitute teaching permit or a license, are a recent college graduate with teacher certification who is not yet employed by a district as a permanent teacher, or are an experienced teacher returning to the classroom after an absence, you will benefit from this online class.
Cautionary note: If you do not have teacher certification and are planning to sub in one specific district, you might want to check with that district before taking this class. Some districts may not be hiring non-certified substitutes at the present time.
The course provides a comprehensive introduction to substitute teaching, and includes numerous practical tips and guidelines for being effective in the classroom. Participants will receive a wealth of information on relevant topics, worksheets and forms to organize for a substitute assignment, and links to outstanding Web-based resources.
Course content consists of these seven modules:
Module 1: Welcome to Substitute Teaching
Module 2: The Work of a Substitute Teacher
Module 3: The School Environment
Module 4: The Students
Module 5: Classroom Management
Module 6: Getting Ready: Putting it All Together
Specific topics covered include: professionalism, responsibilities of a substitute, legal & ethical considerations, health & safety information, age-appropriate learning strategies, lesson plans, behavior management, and more.
What are some of the class highlights?
Even though you will take this course in the comfort and convenience of your home or office, it will provide you with a number of interactive features that are engaging as well as informative. These features include video clips, a quiz, self-reflection activities, and a forum for discussion with other participants. An instructor is available by e-mail to answer questions, review assignments and monitor your progress.
The course is offered for non-credit - $150 at this time.
Are you an NEA member outside of Wisconsin? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on your member discount. Please include your 10-digit NEA membership number and the names of your state and local associations.
In order to participate in this course, you must have a valid e-mail address. Your computer will also need to meet the following technical specifications:
- Your Web browser must support imported style sheets and CSS1. Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and above, Netscape versions 6 and above, Opera versions 5.0 and above, Mozilla and FireFox meet this requirement.
- You must have software on your computer that plays video files, such as Quicktime, Real Player, Flash Player or Windows Media Player.
- A high-speed Internet connection, such as broadband, DSL or ISDN, is strongly recommended.
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Graduate credit, Non-credit
PI34 StandardsPI 34.02 - Teacher standards
To receive a license to teach in Wisconsin, an applicant shall complete an approved program and demonstrate proficient performance in the knowledge, skills and dispositions under all of the following standards: