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Become A Substitute Teacher

Missourians interested in becoming a K-12 public school substitute teacher can now register for a new 20-hour online training program to get certified. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is permanently offering the option to address the teacher shortage, which has grown during the pandemic. Paul Katnik, assistant commissioner with the department, says Missouri’s rate at which schools are filling substitute teacher jobs is about 60-percent.


The traditional 60 college credit hours is the other option candidates can still use to get certified as a substitute teacher. To register for the online program, go to

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