Substitute Teacher Resume

How to Write a Substitute Teacher Resume


Welcome to the best source for resume writing and career-specific information on the Internet! You’ll find plenty of information about writing your substitute teacher resume in the following paragraphs. Feel free to use this page as a reference while writing. Don’t hesitate to look at a free resume sample while you visit.


Working as a substitute teacher is a great way to build up experience for permanent teaching positions. Some of you may even wish to take a “test drive” in the teaching world, to see if the job is the right fit for you. Many states and provinces will require a minimum of a grade 12 education to consider you for employment. Many others set their minimum requirements much higher; requiring you to hold a valid teaching certificate, from an accredited teaching college.


What you need to be aware of before applying to be a substitute teacher…


  • You will need to provide a certified copy of your background check when you submit your substitute teacher resume to schools – providing this document up front will show you’re serious about getting the job.
  • Applicants must be very mindful of the confidentiality of students and coworkers – don’t mention anything from your background that could be construed as confidential in your resume, or at the job interview.
  • You should have an “equal opportunity” attitude toward your students and your coworkers – any kind of discriminatory comments will leave you standing in the unemployment line.
  • Have a good idea about the practices and specific guidelines at the school(s) you’re applying to – this will help you relate to the person who’s reading your cover letter/resume and can help you form interview questions for later.


Start Writing Your Substitute Teacher Resume


There is no specific formula for writing a substitute teacher resume. You can choose your own headings, and decide what information you feel best displays your strengths. In the paragraphs below; we’ve taken the liberty of suggesting some of the most important information to include in your resume, along with a brief explanation on how to display it for maximum effectiveness.



Personal Contact Details


First/Last Name

Street Address

City, State, Zip

Phone – Email


Objective Statement


An objective statement introduces you and your skills to the potential employer, and lets them know what position you’re applying for. Create a one, or two sentence introduction, that tells the reader why you are the best applicant for a formal job interview.



“Mature, thoughtful adult, with experience mentoring children ages 5-14, seeking work as a substitute teacher. My long-term goal is to obtain a teaching certificate and enter into a full-time career teaching children how to succeed in life.”




As you learned in the second paragraph of this page: Each state/province will have their own rules regarding how educated you must be to work as a substitute teacher. You must read the job advertisement before writing your resume, in order to determine your eligibility for the position.


If you meet the requirements set out by the institution that’s doing the hiring; include this information wherever it fits best on your substitute teacher resume – I.e., if education is your main selling point, put that heading under the objective – if work experience is your main selling feature, then put work experience next, and follow with your education.


Include the dates you attended each school, the degree you obtained, and the name of the school.



1999-2001                   Substitute Teaching Certificate                        Wellesley Teacher’s Institute


Work Experience


Work experience can be an important selling point on your resume. Even if it isn’t teaching experience, you still have life experience to help guide your students. If your work background doesn’t involve any teaching or mentoring; try to keep this section brief. If you have a great deal of teaching experience in your background; make this section the main selling point of your resume (placed directly under the objective statement.)


List the dates you worked, your job title, name of the company/institution, and follow with a  bullet list of the work you performed.



2002-2009                   Mentor/Advisor                       Girl Scouts of America

Use 3-5 bullet points to list things you did in the position that relate to teaching related duties.





If you have a great deal of experience to display, you can leave this section out, if you wish. This heading could alternatively be titled “Teaching Skills,” “Educator Skills,” “Classroom Skills,” etc. If the substitute position you’re applying for is for a specific subject (Geography, History, Math, etc.) then include all of your skills in that topic area.


Only include this section if you have three or more job-related skills that you can list; and use bullet points to describe skills you have that make you a quality educator.



  • Able to teach communication to students of all learning abilities: reading, writing, speaking (including students with speech impediments.)
  • Excellent ability to teach geography.
  • Uncanny ability to form a bond with even the most troubled students.
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