Substitute Teacher Resume Examples

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that short-term substitute teachers’ jobs will increase by 3% from 2019 to 2029. This means almost 16,000 new substitute teacher positions over a decade. For long-term substitute teachers, the expected job growth is the same as for full-time educators. For high school, middle school, kindergarten and elementary school teachers, the projected increase is 4%, while the job growth for special education teachers is slightly lower, at 3%.

Although there are expected to be more substitute teaching jobs in the next decade, you’re still likely to face competition, especially in certain school districts. A well-written resume can help get you past the first step in the hiring process. Our downloadable resume examples can help both experienced and entry-level substitute teachers craft a compelling resume. You’ll also find tips on how to make your resume stronger, and how to tailor your resume to the job description.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years

Example #4 10+ Years

Substitute Teacher Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No experience 0
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Elise Nolan
(567) 890-1234
[email protected]
789 Address Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 87654


Committed education graduate with experience teaching all elementary subject areas in Kindergarten and Grade 2. Excellent understanding of child development and expected educational milestones. Able to plan and deliver engaging lessons that foster interest and meet individual learning needs. Skilled at building positive relationships with students and parents to create a cooperative learning environment.

Key Skills

  • Patient and positive teaching style
  • Differentiating lesson delivery and tasks for varying ability levels
  • Thorough understanding of strategies to support children with specific learning needs, including autism and ASD
  • Clear communication style
  • Able to organize time effectively to manage challenging workloads


Master of Arts in Education

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Costa Mesa, CA, September 2012 – June 2016

Professional Experience

Student Teacher, Garfield Elementary School, San Francisco, CA
September 2019 – June 2020

  • Delivered high-quality whole-class teaching to Kindergarten and Grade 2 children — classes rooms sizes ranging from 18 to 24
  • Participated in planning meetings with experienced colleagues to create engaging schemes of work for mathematics and English
  • Graded work and provided effective feedback to students to ensure their progress
  • Carried out informal assessments to plan following lessons and track teaching outcomes

Camp Counsellor, Camp Doodles, San Francisco, CA
June 2020 – August 2020

  • Planned and led an engaging program of sports activities for children aged six to nine
  • Adapted plans and coaching strategies to ensure inclusion of children with SEN and mobility difficulties
  • Followed camp safeguarding protocols and maintained a safe play environment

Kaleb Atkins
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Address Street, San Francisco, CA 09876


Dedicated and knowledgeable substitute teacher with one year of experience delivering high-quality cover lessons across all elementary grades in numerous San Francisco schools. Excellent math and English subject knowledge and thorough understanding of the elementary curriculum. Able to build quick rapport with unfamiliar classes and support all students to achieve well, including those with SEN.

Key Skills

  • Creating an inclusive and purposeful learning environment where every child feels valued
  • Using positive management techniques to ensure good behavior
  • Planning high-quality sessions to fit in with the scheme of work where cover plans are unavailable
  • Providing targeted feedback and making informal assessments to drive student progress


Master of Arts in Education
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Fullerton, CA, September 2015 – June 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY Northridge, CA, September 2011 – June 2015

Professional Experience

Substitute Teacher, School Professionals, San Francisco, CA
September 2019 – Present

  • Deliver outstanding lessons across the entire curriculum to diverse cohorts from Kindergarten to Grade 5 with an average classroom count of 22
  • Plan and assign differentiated homework tasks to support learning outside class
  • Adapt provided lesson plans to respond to individual students’ learning needs
  • Grade classwork and perform on-the-spot assessments to provide useful feedback to regular class teachers
  • Maintain a tidy and organized classroom environment and update displays on longer-term placements to reflect current learning and showcase student achievements

Jessica Green
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Main Street, Boston, MT 12345


Dedicated and reliable substitute teacher with six years of experience. Proven skills in K-12 and special education. Preferred substitute teacher at a number of schools in the Boston area. Excellent class management skills. Fluent in English and Spanish.

Professional Experience

Substitute Teacher, Southern Boston Educational District, Boston, MT
September 2016 – Present

  • Fulfill long and short-term substitute teaching requirements in a variety of schools and across all subjects from K – 12.
  • Receive 92% positive feedback from all teachers
  • Awarded two commendations from principals in the area for going above and beyond what was required of the job
  • Take regular temporary after-school positions coaching gymnastics and cheerleading
  • Able to take on jobs at the last minute and always prepared to teach any subject

Substitute Teacher, Orlando Educational District, Orlando, FL
September 2014 – July 2016

  • Stepped in to run after-school coaching for volleyball, gymnastics, and cheerleading
  • Assisted students who had difficulty in speaking English
  • Selected for long-term substitute teaching positions at three different schools
  • Substituted for a special education teacher for six months as one of the few substitute teachers qualified in this area


Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Spanish
THE UNIVERSITY OF ORLANDO Orlando, FL September 2010 – July 2014

Key Skills

  • Parent/teacher communication
  • Student records management
  • Classroom management
  • Able to follow lesson plans
  • Student engagement

Beverly Whittington
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]
123 Address Avenue, San Francisco, CA 98765


Experienced and capable substitute teacher with a 12-year track record providing outstanding math teaching in San Francisco high schools. Adept at tailoring lesson plans to meet the needs of students with SEN and English as a second language. Able to use comprehensive knowledge of the mathematics curriculum to generate last-minute lesson plans when called in on short notice.

Professional Experience

Substitute Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
September 2015 – Present

  • Deliver high-quality whole class math lessons to students from Grade 9 through 12 in various San Francisco high schools
  • Maintain an average 94% approval rate with permanent teachers
  • Adapt teaching strategies to meet all students’ requirements, including those with barriers to learning
  • Use existing schemes of work to plan last-minute sessions when cover plans aren’t provided

Math Teacher, Gateway High School, San Francisco, CA
September 2009 – July 2015

  • Planned differentiated schemes of work and individual lesson plans pitched to all ability levels
  • Undertook formal and informal assessments to track student progress and inform future planning
  • Trained student and newly-qualified teachers to improve their classroom management and lesson delivery
  • Ran an extracurricular club to drive student engagement and nurture talent


Master of Science in Education
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY East Bay, CA, September 2005 – June 2009

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY San Francisco, CA, September 2001- June 2005

Key Skills

  • Patient and nurturing teaching style
  • Thorough knowledge of positive behavior management
  • Effective direction and deployment of support staff
  • Extensive experience using supportive strategies for students with SEN

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Substitute Teacher Resumes

Hiring managers and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) look for key skills and appropriate action verbs when analyzing resumes, so it’s important to highlight these words. An ATS scans and evaluates each resume, and those with a high number of keywords are likely to be scored highly by the system. Highly ranked applications are then forwarded to the hiring manager for closer inspection. This means that the more keywords and phrases you include, the greater the chance that a hiring manager will see your resume and invite you for an interview.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Adaptability Classroom management
Communications Creative Thinking
First aid Flexibility
Instruction Interpersonal skills
Lesson plans Organization
Patience Pre-K
Preparation Problem-solving
Record keeping Safety-conscious
Special education Stamina
Student learning Subject-specific knowledge, e.g. language arts, biology, social studies
Teaching Teaching strategies
Time management
Action Verbs
Adapt Arrange
Communicate Create
Develop Instruct
Learn Listen
Manage Mediate
Organize Plan
Prepare Record
Solve Strategize

Tips for Writing a Better Substitute Teacher Resume

Emphasize your classroom management skills

Classroom management skills are important for all teachers, but they’re especially valuable for substitute teachers who generally work with students they don’t know. School administrators want to be assured that when you teach a class, the students will be well-controlled and will have the opportunity to learn, even though you aren’t their regular teacher. Make sure you emphasize your ability to create a calm and orderly classroom where your students have the opportunity to shine.

Example #1


Maintain effective classroom management strategies to ensure students are engaged and well-behaved during lessons and determine appropriate disciplinary action when required.


Keep students engaged during lessons.

Example #2


Introduced clear expectations for students and maintained classroom rules for effective classroom management, allowing students to continue learning in the absence of their regular teacher.


Continued to teach students in the absence of their regular teacher.

Quantify your substitute teacher experience

Quantifying your experience allows the hiring manager to get a clear idea of your accomplishments. Use hard numbers in your resume bullet points to illustrate your achievements as a substitute teacher and demonstrate your capabilities. To decide which numbers to include, think about the answers to questions such as “how many students in my classes?” and “which grade levels have I taught?”

Example #1


Taught up to six history classes in one day, encountering 25-30 new students in each class and offering all students personal attention and an optimal learning environment


Taught history classes and offered all students encountered an opportunity to continue their learning

Example #2


Worked as a short- and long-term substitute teacher for all subjects in middle and high school and received 94% positive feedback from teachers and administrators.


Completed short- and long-term substitute teaching contracts for many different subjects, with positive feedback received from teachers and principals

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Job descriptions are used by hiring managers to define the set of skills and experience their ideal candidate should possess. Including attributes the hiring manager is looking for can be essential in getting your resume noticed.

To decide on the skills and experience you should highlight, look for requirements listed first in the job description. These are generally the most important, along with items that are listed multiple times. Compare your resume to the organization’s key priorities and make sure it shows how you can meet these needs. A generic resume may be overlooked, so focus on your major accomplishments and avoid copy and pasting.

Example Substitute Teacher Job Description

The Bailey Delta School District is seeking an experienced and reliable substitute teacher to help us cover gaps in our schedule caused by vacation time or illness. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience and the classroom management skills to keep classes orderly and provide daily instruction based on the materials provided. The position requires that you be available to attend schools on short notice and have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. 


  • Follow the curriculum or lesson plan provided by the principal or absentee teacher
  • Use classroom management and teaching techniques to encourage participation and facilitate learning
  • Take attendance according to school policies
  • Provide instruction, and assign classwork and homework
  • Report incidents regarding student behavior in and out of the classroom
  • Keep a record of student progress and communicate information and issues to the regular teacher
  • Grade assignments and provide constructive feedback to students


  • Bachelor’s degree is essential; a degree in education preferred
  • Previous experience teaching in a classroom
  • Strong knowledge of classroom management and teaching techniques
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Reliable and able to work on short notice
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational and record-keeping skills

The job description shows that the ideal candidate should have the following skills and experience:

  • Teaching experience
  • Classroom management skills
  • Reliable
  • Record-keeping skills
  • Provide instruction
  • Adaptability
  • Communication skills

Base your resume’s bullet points on the highlighted keywords in the job description. Make sure you include your matching skills and experience to show you meet these key requirements. See below for an example of how best to incorporate the provisions into your resume:

Substitute Teacher Work Experience Example

Substitute Teacher, Acme School District, Anytown, NJ

January 2017 – Present

  • Fulfilled short- and long-term substitute teaching requirements for students in K-12 age groups, reliably attending 99% of schools when contacted
  • Used a range of classroom management techniques to ensure classes of up to 30 students stayed focused, adapting methods as required so students could continue learning
  • Used available lesson plans to provide daily instruction to students so they did not fall behind
  • Kept clear and detailed records of subjects covered and student progress and communicated all relevant information to principal or absentee teacher