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D.E.S.E. Makes New Path to Become a Substitute Teacher

An Ethnic teacher is leading a class of elementary school children. There are various posters on the wall, and drawings on the chalkboard. Students are putting up their hands to answer a question.

(Perryville) An ongoing shortage of substitute teachers around the country caused the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a new path for someone to become a sub. Kate Martin, with the Perry County School District, explains the new rules to becoming a substitute teacher.

The potential substitutes may also have to go through additional training, depending on the specific school district rules.

Martin says this can be beneficial to a different group of people as well.

The course costs $175 to complete. Applicants also need to get a background check, be fingerprinted and obtain the Missouri Content Substitute Certificate that costs just over $100. The Perry County School District received a grant from CARES Act funding to cover that $100 cost for applicants. To apply to be a substitute teacher for Perry County Schools go to the district website.

Full interview with Kate Martin:


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