Is Substitute Teaching Right for Me?


October 19, 2023

If you enjoy being around children and teens and you’re looking for a flexible schedule, substitute teaching might be a great choice for your next career.

“There’s a lot of flexibility with this job. I can pick up a job any time I want, or I don’t have to,” said Amy Walker, an Edustaff substitute teacher in Utah. “I’m a mother of four, and they’re all in school. I can teach at the schools or sub for their actual teacher, so I get to see them.”

Here are a few of the many reasons our employees have chosen to substitute teach with Edustaff:

I’m thinking about becoming a teacher, but I’m not sure if I’d like it. Being a substitute gives you a firsthand look at what it’s like to teach in a variety of settings. You might work with a kindergarten class one day and a high school class the next. These experiences will not only help you decide if you would like teaching, but will help you narrow down what age group you’re most comfortable with.

I’m retired, but I don’t like staying home all day. Retirees make some of the best substitute teachers! Whether you retired from teaching or from a different occupation, your life experience will make you a natural leader and a calm presence in the classroom. If you’re a retired teacher, just make sure to check on how substitute teaching works with the retirement system in your state.

I need a flexible part-time job while I finish my degree. As a substitute teacher, you can pick the days you work. If you’re a college student with some open days in your schedule, substitute teaching can be a good way to earn an income while keeping your evenings and weekends free for studying. Different states have different requirements, but in many locations, you can get a substitute teaching license as long as you have some college credits.

I need to supplement income from another job. Are you trying to start your own business but need just a little extra income until your business takes off? Lots of people are pursuing nontraditional careers or trying to make a living as freelancers. Substitute teaching offers a flexible way to make some extra money while you pursue your other activities.

I’d like a full-time teaching job in my neighborhood school. Good teachers are always in demand. If you make a good impression on the principal and school staff as a substitute, they might think of you the next time there is a full-time position open at their school. Each year, many Edustaff substitutes are hired by the school where they’re substitute teaching. Many schools also have long-term assignments, giving you an opportunity to substitute teach in the same building every day.

I want a great work-life balance. As a substitute teacher at Edustaff, you’re eligible for health care benefits and a 401k, but you won’t be grading papers or making lesson plans in the evening. Your workday is done when the kids go home, leaving you free to spend time with your family, friends, or your hobbies.

More than 50,000 people across the United States have chosen to substitute teach with Edustaff. For information about opportunities in your area and state-by-state requirements for substitute teachers, go to