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1. What are the qualifications to become a substitute teacher for Hawkins County Schools?

 A. You must be at least 21 years of age.

 B. You must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.

 C. You must successfully complete the online SubSkills Training TM course.

 D. You must have an acceptable background check.


2. If I am a retired teacher from the Hawkins County School System, do I need to take the training and assessment?

 No. If you are a retired teacher and have a valid professional teaching license, you are exempt from the online substitute training.

 3. How do I access the training?

Log on to http://stedi.org 

Register and purchase the online SubSkillsTM Training Package.

No access code is needed. You will be able to begin the course immediately.

When prompted, create a new account, and for "District:ADD", select the state of TN and Hawkins County Schools. This ensures that you will have access to district specific information.

 4. How long does the online training/assessment take?

 The course is self-paced. Allow at least 6-10 hours. The SubAssessment


TM is timed. Please be sure to scroll down to More Resources and view 5 Tips for Taking the SubAssessment TM




5. How quickly may I begin the program?


Once you register and pay the fees, you will be able to begin the training online at https://stedi/org.


Once you register and pay the fees, your access to the training program will expire in one year. Access to the training module is 24/7/365.


Please be sure to complete your own work. We reserve the right to ask you to repeat sections of the assessment at our office.


6. Will Hawkins County Schools reimburse me for the expense incurred for taking the training and assessment?


No. Applicants will not be reimbursed for the cost of the training and assessment.


7. What kind of computer do I need?


You will need a computer with Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 2+ installed. To hear the audio and video clips, you will also need speakers or headphones connected to your computer. If you do not have access to a computer, you may phone Barbara at extension 703 at Stedi (1-800-922-4693) to request a paper copy of the training. The cost is $39.95, the same as the online training. You will also need to access to a computer in order to complete the assessment.


8. May I take the test without taking the training?


If you feel confident that you have the knowledge required to pass the test, you could take the test without taking the training. However, we would not advise it. You have only



chances to complete the test, and the test is designed around lessons learned from the training. In addition, you will still need to pay $39.95 for the entire substitute training program, which includes the test. The test is not sold separately.



9. What is the passing score for the test?


No. If you become a regular teacher, you will not be reimbursed for the training costs.


Applicants must achieve a score of eighty-five percent (85%) or higher to be issued a SubDiploma



and be eligible to substitute for Hawkins County Schools.



10. How long will it take to complete the assessment test?


The SubAssessment



timed test will take 30-40 minutes per section, and there are five sections.



11. Although retired or certified teachers are exempt from taking the training/assessment, may we still take the training?


Yes, you may register and take the training, but please be advised that it is at your expense.


12. If I become a substitute teacher and later I am hired into a regular teaching position, may I get reimbursed for the training cost?


Substitute Pay Rates:


$55.00 per day if substituting for a certificated teacher.


$50.75 if substituting for non-certificated personnel.


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.