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Substitute Teacher Requirements
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What are the qualifications to become a substitute teacher for Hawkins County Schools?

  1. You must be at least 21 years of age
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  3. You must have a valid drivers license and social security card
  4. You must submit an on-line application
  5. You must successfully complete the online SubSkills Training TM course OR attend the FREE District Training offered throughout the school year
  6. You must have an acceptable background check
  7. You must call and schedule an appointment to complete necessary paperwork at the Personnel Office


  Option 1- Stedi Training (STI) This on-line program consists of training in classroom management, teaching strategies, planning, and other instructional skills and procedures. Substitute applicants will be required to complete and pass the online training assessment, SubOrientation TM . However, with proof of certification, those applicants who possess a valid teaching license may waive the training.

All substitute applicants will be charged the $39.95 cost of the training and may pay online by credit card, or by check or money order. The training fee provides the applicant online access for a year to:

(1) The twenty-five (25) minute SubOrientation TM video.

(2) The online Substitute Teacher Handbook which contains both audio and video selections to enhance understanding of the principles presented.

 (3) A variety of downloadable forms, reports, and over 75 activities that can be used in the classrooms.

 (4) The online SubAssessment TM which is designed to "assess" or evaluate how well the material has been mastered.

The training may only be taken over the Internet and includes 6-10 hours of interactive SubSkills TM Training Package. If you prefer not to study at a computer, you may purchase a handbook for an additional $19.95. It takes an average of thirty minutes to complete each of the five SubAssessment TM training sections. Candidates may take the SubAssessment TM a maximum of four times to obtain a passing score of at least 85%.

The SubSkillsTraining TM Package is available at: https://stedi.org/

Once training is completed, applicants should print a copy of their Sub Diploma and upload it to the Hawkins County application for substitute teacher with Hawkins County Schools. 

OPTION 2 - District Training (Free)  Trainings will be offered throughout the year for anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher.  These trainings will focus on classroom management, teaching strategies, policies, and procedures.  All trainings will be conducted by a certified classroom teacher.  An assessment will be given to evaluate mastery of material.  Candidates must obtain a passing score in order to qualify for a Sub Diploma.


After successfully completing  either the SubSkills TM training OR the District training, applicants are ready to complete the Hawkins County Schools’ Substitute Application for employment which is available on this website.

New substitute applicants will be required to complete a pre-employment background screening at their expense. See "Background Check" link on the Personnel Page for instructions. Once all substitute requirements are complete, please contact the personnel office to schedule an appointment to finalize the hiring process. Contact Mrs. Billie VanCleave, Personnel Department, at (423) 272-7629 Ext 2014.



Click here to access the background check registration site.


It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.