How Do I Become a Substitute Teacher In Texas, A Complete Guide

Becoming a Swing Sub in Texas

In order to gain access to the following steps, you will have to first register your Swing Education account. If you have not already, click here to register your account today

Education verification

All Swing Subs must verify that they have obtained a bachelor's degree or higher. Our partner "Checkr" conducts these checks. In order to complete this step, just log into your account and click the link "Take me to Checkr". There is no cost associated with this step, and the form only takes 10-15 minutes to complete. 

How do you complete a background check? 

Starting in 2021, all Texas subs must complete a background check verification process through our partner schools.

If you are an onboarding sub in Texas:

  • Please log into your Swing account and navigate to the Background Check module
  • Fill out the information requested of you in the module and click and acknowledge our Swing Texas Background Check Process Acknowledgement
  • Submit your information
  • It will take 1-3 weeks for Swing to verify your background check. We will be in contact if we have any questions about your background check.

If you are a previously-onboarded/current sub in Texas:

  • We still need to verify your background check with our partner schools, as we no longer have access to your background check information. 
  • Please log into your Swing account and navigate to the Background Check module
  • Fill out the information requested of you in the module and click and acknowledge our Swing Texas Background Check Process Acknowledgement
  • Submit your information
  • It will take 1-3 weeks for Swing to verify your background check. During this time, you can still use the platform as usual.
  • We will be in contact if we have any questions about your background check or if anything changes with your status with Swing.

Texas Education Agency Do Not Hire Registry check

In addition to the TxDPS background check, the 86th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3 to further protect the safety and welfare of Texas students by: 

  • Requiring schools to report to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) when there is evidence that a non-certified employee abused or was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student or minor.
  • Creating a registry of individuals who are not eligible for hire in a Texas public school based on misconduct or criminal history

More information regarding the recently passed bill can be found here. Swing will be checking with TEA to ensure each candidate does not appear on the TEA Do Not Hire registry. Please log into your account to receive follow up instructions on how to complete this step. Click here to log in.

FAQ

Do you need a state certificate/permit to sub in Texas?

  • No. Because education in Texas is decentralized, it’s up to individual districts to determine qualifications for their substitute teachers, and there is no state certification or permit. The Texas Education Agency (or TEA) website has a useful School District Locator Map to help you find which schools are in your district and which districts you are closest to.