A Silver Lining Emerges:

Amazing Teaching Opportunity

Over the past year, many of us have faced challenges sparked by the incursion of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the disruption it has caused has not spared the education sector. While teacher shortages nationwide were already an issue, the pandemic has further exacerbated the substitute teacher shortage in Texas. Many teachers have chosen to not return – 1 in 5, in some cases – which has created a high need for substitute teachers to fill these critical positions. While this presents as problematic news, there is certainly a silver lining! YOU have the power to be part of the solution. Teachers are urgently needed.

Texas Teachers’ candidates: take hold of this opportunity and secure a teaching job now by applying to become a substitute teacher!

5 Incredible Reasons to Become a Substitute Teacher

  1. Network: Working as a substitute teacher will provide you with several opportunities to build professional relationships and network with potential employers.
  2. Gain Experience: There’s no better teaching experience than working in a real classroom and gaining hands-on experience!
  3. Job Stability: You may be offered a long-term substitute teacher job. In this case, you could teach in one classroom as you work on obtaining your Intern Certificate.
  4. Market Yourself: Working in schools will provide you with the unique advantage of getting to know principals. When you’re ready to find a permanent teaching position, this could very easily help you stand out amongst a crowd.
  5. Resume Builder: Teaching experience looks amazing on a resume! Many first-time teachers lack teaching experience, so having substitute teaching experience will increase your marketability and help you get hired faster!

Ready to Apply?

Great move! We’re ready to help. First, make sure your resume is up to date. If you need help creating or updating it, check out our Resume Writing Guide. Once you’re ready to start applying, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. Each district creates its own set of qualifications. We’ve compiled a list from a few of the most prominent districts in Texas.

 Houston ISD 

Pro Tip: In Houston ISD, substitute teachers are called “Associate Teachers.”


  • 60+ college credit hours or an associate degree
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Letters of referral

San Antonio is split into two districts:

 San Antonio ISD 


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass a criminal background check

 Northside ISD


  • 90+ college credit hours with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete an 8-hour training course

 Dallas ISD 


  • 60+ college credit hours
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete a 7-hour training course

 Austin ISD 


  • 60+ college credit hours
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Complete substitute orientation

Why You’ll Get Hired In Record Time

As the #1 district-preferred alternative certification program in Texas, school districts have specifically asked for YOU. The Texas Teachers program provides candidates with the highest caliber of training, and districts trust that you are focused on becoming a teacher. Our program equips you with the best teacher training, and school districts want nothing more than to supply their students with great teachers.

It’s your time to make a move; don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Kickstart your teaching career as a substitute teacher! Continue working hard to pass your TExES Content Exam and you’ll soon earn your Intern Certificate and subsequently, your Standard Certificate!