Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College
Substitute teachers are in demand in Nevada, including the Carson City School District.
For those already serving as a substitute teacher and for those wishing to become one, Western Nevada College is offering a class to help them in the classroom.
Management Methods for Substitutes (EPD 276) is offered Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Carson City campus. This course is designed to assist substitute teachers with developing successful classroom management strategies in order to create a better environment for themselves and students. Specifically, students will explore and discover new strategies, receive a handbook with practical activities and create “make-and-take” activities.
To substitute teach in Nevada, individuals need to be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid permanent resident card.
“We need substitutes every year; it’s not just our school district, it’s nationwide,” said Jose Delfin, Carson City School District associate superintendent: human resources. “We use them every day. We’re right in the middle of flu season. Everyone gets sick this time of the year, people need to take medical leave and personal time off.”
In addition, subs must have earned a minimum of 60 semester credits or an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
Delfin said it takes about four to six weeks to earn a Nevada substitute teaching license, which includes finger printing and drug testing.