How to find employment as a substitute teacher

How to find employment as a substitute teacher

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Japan

Military life is such a transient one. We move every three to five years, which sometimes leaves spouses looking for a new job just as often. This can be extremely challenging! For one, when some employers discover you’re a military spouse, they seem reluctant to hire you because of the relatively short amount of time you could be employed with their company. Some spouses choose a home-based business instead. However, this isn’t for everyone and competition around an installation can get steep. The good news is that there are other options.

Most school systems are always looking for substitute teachers. These individuals provide much needed support for the schools. It’s also potentially a very flexible job to enable you to further your college education or keep up with your responsibilities as Household Six (to hold down the homefront) while earning extra money. School systems do not often have the same procedures to apply. With the assistance of the District Superintendent Office on Vogelweh, we’ve broken down the process to hopefully make it a little easier if you’re stationed in Europe.

How to apply:

1) Open the announcement on You can also access the site through the DODEA Europe website. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom and select USAJobs, not

2) Make sure you have all four required items for the application packet. The Pre-Employment Data Form can be found at this link. If you’re requesting Veteran or Military Spouse Preference, the required forms are found at the bottom of the announcement under “Required Documents.”

3) Take your completed packet to each school in your commuting area that you are interested in applying. The secretary in the office should be able to assist you and get you on the school’s list.

After speaking to several current substitute teachers, their advice is to be persistent (without being pushy), and calling or going to the school to check out open positions. Also, Mondays and Fridays are very popular days for the staff teachers to take vacations. Take advantage if you can!

Whether you’re looking for full- or part-time employment, substitute teaching may be a good option for you. For more information, refer to the DODEA Europe website or contact a school in your commuting area.


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