Substitute Teacher Survival Guide
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Substitute Teacher Survival Guide

How to get hired, stay hired, and become the type of substitute teacher that schools beg to have in their classrooms.
4.0 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
37 students enrolled
Created by Eric Summers
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Succeed as a substitute teacher in any grade level.
  • Manage the classroom environment.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor on the job.
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  • All you need is a positive attitude and the desire to be the best at anything you do!

Learn everything that it takes to be a highly sought-after substitute teacher starting with how to get hired all the way through specific advice for each grade level you may be asked to teach.

Learn how to get hired

Getting hired as a sub can often be confusing but here you will learn how to handle it like a pro. From where to go, what to bring with you, and what to expect during the process - this course covers it all!

How to stay hired

Getting hired is just the first step. This course is packed with tons of advice and tips on how to stay hired. You will learn all the ins and outs of being a substitute, how to conduct yourself like a professional, and how to communicate with school staff in a way that will have them begging for you to return.

How to survive in the classroom

The classroom can be a weird and wonderful place that can be intimidating for some. After completing this course, you will be ready to walk into a classroom at any grade level and take charge.

Content Overview

This course includes 28 video lectures that explain everything you need to know to be an effective substitute in today's classrooms. Structured so that it is accessible to anyone and everyone, this course serves as both an introduction and a lifelong reference guide to the world of substitute teaching. Whether you are looking for subbing as a career or as a way to earn some extra cash on the side, this affordable treasure trove of advice is just what you are looking for.

Who is the target audience?
  • People seeking a career or a second income.
  • If you are already an experienced teacher with classroom experience, this course is NOT for you.
  • People who want to help better the world through teaching, but are unable to commit to becoming a full time educator.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
Welcome to the Substitute Teacher's Survival Guide!
2 Lectures 02:28
Choosing Substitute Teaching as a Career or Part-Time Job
3 Lectures 13:01

Subbing isn't as bad as some people think! Here you will learn all the of the joys that come with being a substitute teacher.

Preview 03:09

Subbing isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes you will have hard days. Here will we talk about what you can expect.

Preview 04:18

Here I will share a few situations that actually happened during my time as a sub. How would you handle these situations if they happened to you?

Preview 05:34
The Hiring Process
5 Lectures 14:54

Who to contact within the various districts and corporations you may want to work for.

Where to apply

Important documents that you may be asked to provide.

Documents you may need

Information about the various checks you may have to go through.

Background checks

Tips and advice on getting hired.

Increasing your chances of getting hired.

The first things you may be asked to do once you accept the job offer.

After you are hired.
The Substitute Teacher's Toolbox
2 Lectures 08:28

This lecture discusses the things you definitely want to have available to you at all times.

The must haves.

A lot of the tools and materials recommended by books and staffing agencies are not necessary. We will discuss them here.

Tools you probably will not need.
Surviving the First Day
2 Lectures 11:00

What to do, who to contact, and where to go.

The First Day - Step by Step

How not to lose your cool (or your job) if things get out of hand.

Emergency situations
How to Get Called Back Time after Time
5 Lectures 21:39

Subbing is not for slackers.


How to maintain order in the classroom so that learning can happen and you can survive the day.

Classroom Management

Issues that men face in the substitute teaching world.

For Men Only

Issues that women face in the substitute teaching world.

For Women Only

The end of day note is one of the most important parts of the job. Learn how to write a good one.

Leaving a Positive and Detailed Note
Working with Children of All Ages
8 Lectures 21:24

They may be small but that doesn't mean it's going to be easy!


Their brains and their bodies are beginning to grow, but so is their attitude.

First Grade

They want to learn. It's your job to make it happen.

Second Grade

Calming down and growing up.

Third Grade

Realizing their place in the big, wide world.

Fourth Grade

Childhood's end.

Fifth Grade

Adulthood is just around the corner. Some are ready for it, some are not.

High School

Navigating the stormy seas of adolesence.

Middle School
Wrapping Things Up
2 Lectures 04:01

Books and websites that teachers may find helpful.

Resources your should look into.

Parting words.

2 pages
About the Instructor
Eric Summers
4.0 Average rating
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37 Students
1 Course
Experienced Teacher, Writer, and Computer Professional

I am an elementary teacher from southern Indiana who has spent several years both in the classroom and in the private sector as a computer programmer and quality assurance analyst. Before becoming a full time, licensed teacher I spent several years as a substitute teacher where I learned the ins and outs of classroom management, effective teaching, and how to communicate effectively with teachers and school administrators.

In addition to be a teacher and a computer professional, I am also a writer. I have written two books and have maintained several blogs. I have also spent time creating content for other bloggers in addition to creating and selling curriculum materials to other teachers.