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Substitute Teacher

We are looking for a substitute teacher to join our school and help facilitate learning if one of our subject teachers are unavailable. As a substitute teacher, you will need to step in for other teachers and take their classes. This will ensure that the course plan for the semester stays on track and the students are engaged and learning. You will need to be flexible, friendly and ready to take on responsibilities.

Education Industry

The field of education involves various stages like primary, secondary and tertiary learning. It comprises of schools, colleges, universities and other institutions that promote knowledge acquisition. The jobs that come under this field include administration, teaching, management, etc.

What to expect from the role

  • Hands-on experience with teaching and mentoring students various academic courses.
  • Opportunity to practice and perfect teaching, multitasking, management and organisational skills.
  • Working with the guidance of professionals and seniors with many years of experience.
  • Exposure to the field of education and all its facets.


  • Substitute for the subject teacher when absent
  • Conduct class as per subject teacher’s plan
  • Stick to the lesson plan and deadlines as given
  • Provide notes, audio-visual presentations and homework according to the lesson plan.
  • Supervise the students and maintain discipline in the class
  • Test the students if required.
  • Keeping the classroom neat and tidy.
  • Adjust to the teaching methods followed by the subject teacher.
  • Make students feel comfortable and motivated to learn.


  • Minimum bachelor's degree in teaching.
  • Thorough knowledge of the subject and general knowledge of other subjects.
  • Prior experience as a teacher
  • Strong sense of discipline and values
  • Committed, well organised and motivated
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Average Salary

The median salary is $11.71 per hour.

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Career Path

Substitute Teacher is a job role that is for those with entry to intermediate level experience in the field. It is a job requiring you to conduct classes when a teacher is absent and supervise students as required. Here are a few steps you can take towards this job role:

  • Bachelor's degree in teaching.
  • A Master’s degree or vocational in similar discipline.
  • 1-5 years of experience in the field.

Career Progression

With appropriate experience in this job role and required further qualifications you can move to other jobs such as:

  • Teacher
  • Dean
  • Professor
  • Tutor

Sample Questions

  • Why did you choose to become a teacher?

  • What is your favourite method of teaching and why?

  • Where do you wish to see your students in 5 years?

Human Resources
  • How comfortable are you following another teacher’s teaching style?

  • Would you be willing to substitute a different teacher’s class if necessary?

  • Are you comfortable with going on school field trips and visits?

  • If you were given a set of exam papers to finish evaluating for 3 different classes how would you prioritise?

  • What made you choose our school to join?

  • How would you describe your class management method?

Technical skills and knowledge
  • What are the subjects you are comfortable with?

  • What would you do if a student says your teaching is better than the teacher you are substituting for?

  • What educational tools have you used in the past and which do you prefer the most?