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Substitute Teaching

Job Description

A Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) substitute teacher provides an instructional program for students which is appropriate to their educational needs and developmental level.  The educational program is offered in an equitable, multi-cultural setting and teaches all children to think deeply, critically and creatively.  The substitute teacher supports the MPS strategic plan.

  • Maintains a broad knowledge of all facets related to the teaching assignment as related to the subject and grade level of the students.
  • Uses research-proven practices to improve student achievement.
  • Implements Board policies as necessary to improve the educational environment.
  • Plans and organizes material for instruction and presents and reinforces lessons as appropriate.
  • Addresses different learning modalities, including auditory, visual and kinesthetic.
  • Uses appropriate classroom management strategies and relates well to the student population.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

substitute teacher working with a small group of elementary school studentsQualifications

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Additionally, applicants must:
    • Hold a Short-Term Substitute License OR
    • Hold a Teacher License OR
    • Have completed the Substitute Training from a program approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (you will need to present a certificate of completion)
  • If you do not have the required training, see the Licensure section below.

How to Apply

The position for substitute teaching is posted at various times throughout the year.  When it is posted, you will find it at www.mpsmke.com/jobs.

male substitute teacher working with two elementary school studentsLicensure

All Substitute Teachers who have never held a teacher license issued by DPI must show evidence of completing an approved Substitute Teacher Training and apply for the 3-Year Short-Term Substitute Teacher License.

Any retired teacher who previously held a DPI granted teacher license can apply for a 5-Year Long-Term Substitute Teacher License for the same subject and grade levels.

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