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   To be a substitute today it takes student respect, skills and a portfolio of ideas and workable presentations.  You may get the first call but the successful substitute gets the second and third call to report.

   Understand what is expected of a substitute and how to maximize your value to a school.   Find out about how to develop a sub notebook, understand classroom management, the latest techniques in developing lesson plans, how to use your own portfolio to assist in teaching, and much more. 

   With information applicable to  any U.S. state, this course will provide you with the information you need to know to be successful at any level in any school.  It will start you on the teaching path with a working knowledge and a portfolio of ideas to use the day you walk in to a new teaching environment. It will also assist you in finding important information to make you a valuable asset to any school system.

Course Outline

Unit 1
The new role of a substitute
- The job and duties of a substitute today
-Classroom management, class rules, and room layout.
-Teaching as a Substitute
-Portfolio lesson plans, standards, your Sub Notebook.

Unit 2
Class rules
-Existing classroom rules and your own classroom rules
-Dealing with discipline and behavior on your own
-When you need to get assistance

Unit 3
Teaching as a Substitute
-Lesson plans, standards and your Sub Notebook
-Reading, understanding and writing  a lesson plan
-Strategies for ESOL and ESE

Unit 4
Developing Your Portfolio
-Classroom Rules
-Lesson Plans for various levels (Elem, Middle and High School) To Core Standards
-Your Sub Notebook and data sheet

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
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Ave. hours 16, 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

   David J. Reilly has been in public education for 40 years.  He has worked as an educator  and has certification in Industrial Arts, Reading, and Drivers Education  He has written curriculum for Adult and Community Education and has had the responsibility of making a substitute notebook for substitutes who have taught in his school.  Reilly’s experience in public school has shown him the challenge of meeting the needs of today’s students and today’s curriculum.  He has developed a substitute teacher’s course that will do just that.  

Course Objectives

-To provide participants with information regarding the importance and expectations of a substitute teacher today
-To deliver information regarding classroom rules, how to evaluate classroom rules, and examples of rules, infractions and consequences
-To provide information on how to read and write a lesson plan as well as develop portfolio lesson plans
-To address strategies to teach ESE and ESOL students

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

-Know what is expected of a successful substitute teacher
-Gain an understanding of how you can benefit a school as a substitute teacher
-Receive handouts for your portfolio to assist you in substitute teaching at all levels
-Know ESOL and ESE strategies to assist you in teaching all students
-Develop a workable portfolio that will contain, classroom rules, bell ringers, lesson plans and a lesson plan template.

Completion Requirements