Substitute Teacher Certification

Substitute Teacher Certification

Register for our Substitute Course here


*Course is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to enroll in a Substitute Teacher course?

    Anyone 18 years of age who has obtained a H.S. Diploma or G.E.D interested in becoming a substitute teacher is welcome to enroll in the course. It is open to the public.
  • Where are the classes held?

    Classes are held at the UTPA-Community Engagement and Student Success Building Room 1.101 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Dr. Edinburg Texas 78539.
  • What should I bring with me to the class?

    You should bring a photo i.d. and pen or pencil to the class. Workbooks are provided for all participants.
  • Do I receive something to show that I’ve completed the course?

    You will receive a certificate upon the successful completion of the 12-hour course and three hours of classroom observation. We suggest that you make several copies of your certificate to present to the school district(s) you visit when applying for a substitute teaching position. You are encouraged to keep the original certificate for your own records.
  • How long is the certificate valid?

    The certificate never expires.
  • If I misplace my certificate, may I obtain a copy?

    Yes. Replacement certificates are available for individuals who took the class within the last five years.
  • Which school districts accept these certificates?

    It is each school district’s decision whether or not to accept UTPA training certificates.
  • How can I register for an educator training workshop?

    Registration form can be completed online under the Substitute Certification Course Tab.
  • What is the fee for the Substitute Teacher Certificate Course?

    The $72 registration fee includes 12 hours of instruction, instructional materials and certificate of completion.
  • What if I register for a class and later decide I would like to take it on a different date?

    Prior to the first class day, you may transfer to another section of the same course. No transfers are processed after the first class session begins.
  • What if I register for a class and don’t attend it? Will I receive a refund?

    Refund requests must be received in writing at least 24 hours before the course begins. No refunds are given after the first class session begins.
  • What are the requirements to become a substitute teacher?

    Requirements for substitute teachers vary by school district. You are advised to contact school district personnel offices to inquire about hiring policies, pay scales and opportunities for employment.
  • What criteria do I need in a password to create an account?

    The criteria for this site does require a special character.  It can be -,_,#,!,@,%,*,(,)  (any one of those).
    It must have an alpha character, a lowercase character, a number and a minimum of 10 characters.
  • Where will the class be held?

    We are located OFF CAMPUS at 1407 E Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg, Texas. The class will be held at CESS 1.101.