The need for substitute teachers is at an all-time high. With cases of COVID-19 continuing to surge in Minnesota, many school districts are having to switch to distance learning due to staffing shortages. Substitute teacher shortages have been an ongoing problem even before the pandemic hit. Michelle Wang education director at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell says over the summer they switched their in-person substitute teacher program to an online course to try and attract more people.

“We’ve seen a lot more people with four-year degrees saying I want my sub-license, I’m going to help out on the days when I’m not at my traditional job.”

Wang says the self-paced course is designed to build your confidence in the classroom and not so much the knowledge of the content being taught. The program costs $175 and is available to anyone with a four-year degree.