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Substitute Teaching

Typically graduate students have a full schedule filled with homework, classes, internships, and student teaching. Like most college students, most of our wallets are empty and we looking for experience within our field. Thankfully, there are many elementary, middle, and high schools in the Potsdam area. Each of the schools in the neighboring district are always looking for substitute teachers. This opportunity is great for graduate students because they have the opportunity to gain more teaching experience while making extra money. The pay ranges by district from about $85-$100 per day. There are also so many long-term sub opportunities since it is common for teachers to take a medical leave of absence. It is also possible to sub for only half the day. Substitute teaching is beneficial for graduate students because it is not a consistent job. This means that if you are overwhelmed with homework or other obligations, it is not mandatory to work. Each day in the classroom also counts for days towards a professional teaching certificate.

I am glad that I took the opportunity to substitute teach in two different school districts because I have the opportunity to experience different grade levels each day. Even though I am only certified to teach grades Birth-6, I still was able to experience upper grades. Being a substitute teacher makes it easy for me to leave Potsdam on breaks or to visit friends because I can work whenever I am available. I also had the chance to experience the differences between school districts and grade levels. Substitute teaching looks great on a resume and it gives you the opportunity to be a part an active participant of a school district.

As I mentioned, substitute teaching will give you the opportunity to gain experience, rack up teaching days towards professional certification, and extra cash. If you are interested in applying to sub in a school district, most applications are posted on the school district websites.


SUNY Potsdam Graduate Student

Hello! My name is Julie Hollis and I am a graduate student at SUNY Potsdam. I am currently enrolled in the Literacy Specialist program and I plan on graduating with my MSED in May of 2015! I also attended SUNY Potsdam for my undergraduate and earned my BA in Early Childhood/Childhood education with a minor in History. I chose to continue my studies at SUNY Potsdam because the campus has a lot of offer. The professors are very supportive and the campus offers many of opportunities to help me enhance my resume. I felt very comfortable and content at SUNY Potsdam so I decided to stay for my Master’s degree. Continuing my education at Potsdam was one of the best choices that I made and I am excited to start my last semester.

I am from Buffalo, NY and even though I live around a variety of different colleges, I fell in love with Potsdam’s campus. Throughout my whole college experience, I have been actively involved in numerous campus organizations that has enhanced my college experience such as Wellness Advocates, TESA, Active Minds, and Greek life. Graduate students are also encouraged and welcome to join campus organizations. There are also paid opportunities on campus that are available for graduate students such as graduate assistantships.

As a graduate student, I feel that SUNY Potsdam offers so many options to become an active participant on campus. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Graduate Studies office. Campus tours are offered along with additional information on majors, scholarships, organizations, and more.