It is a great idea to set your sights on climbing up the ladder from
substitute teaching to becoming a permanent teacher. However, you must
identify this need quickly. Some schools might refuse to hire you
because of your age. These are schools with a specific age bracket for
their teachers because they want those that will stay on for a longer
period of time.
The first step to take is to network if you want to gain a full time
position. It is important to know the right people sp that you can
fulfill their needs, from the school principal, to the teachers and the
staff. These are the people who are going to give you the right
information, as well as let you in when a permanent teaching position is
available. Ensure that you’re easily available and flexible, especially
with last minute requests that you are bound to receive.
One of the key pointers is that you need to not be timid when asking
for help. Talk to the school administration and other teachers. These
are your co-workers and they will give you ideas and provide you with
assistance, but remember to do this professionally. Create a rapport
with the school principal. This way, you’re bound to be considered for
any job opening that may come up.
In some areas like New York, to become a permanent teacher, you must
apply for certification. This certification is valid for only a limited
amount of time. All applicants must pass the New York state assessment
teaching skills. You must also progress to level three of the
certificate levels. This certificate doesn’t expire but it has to be
maintained through continuing education.
Therefore, you must understand the evolving education requirements.
Renew your certificates at least every five years to keep up with the
changing times. Continuing education must be done in an accredited
college. It’s also important to show a mastery of general knowledge and
professional preparation for your certificate. You also need to pass a
general test, college level academic skills (CLAST) and have a valid
teaching license given by the U.S state or its territory. A valid
certificate also issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards will be of added value when applying to become a permanent
Finally, always do a follow up on any interview or job request that
you have made. This will ensure that you’re constantly on the mind of
the person who you had consulted with earlier about a job opening. Do
this in a way that portrays professionalism and you will be sure to
successfully transition from substitute teaching to gaining a permanent