Foundational Skills for Substitute Teaching

Course Available
1 Unit
Credit Validation

Course Description

SubSchool’s asynchronous courses are designed to build the key competencies that subs need to thrive. The required courses for earning the credit are:

  • Welcome to Substitute Teaching
  • Classroom Management (4-part series)
  • Facilitating Instruction (4-part series)
  • Core Knowledge Assessment

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Enrollment Requirement: In order to complete courses, subs must have an active SubSchool membership. Memberships are typically provided by an employer or other sponsor. If subs do not have access to a membership and wish to take courses, they can email [email protected] to inquire about opportunities.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X754X – 001 01 Jul 202430 Jun 2025 1 $79

Foundational Skills for Substitute Teaching

01 Jul 202430 Jun 2025
Credit Validation
Online Self-Paced

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: July 1st, 2024 – June 30th, 2025 (11:59pm)

What You Will Learn

Welcome to Substitute Teaching:

  • Knows the steps to prepare, begin, and complete a teaching assignment
  • Understands the role of a substitute teacher in the school community
  • Understands and can make appropriate introductions to build relationships with school staff and student
  • Understands the differences in types of teaching assignments (grade, subject, length-of-time, pre-planned, emergency, etc.)
  • Is reflective about their own biases and strives to be inclusive of all students; Is aware of how their own identity and personality influence interactions in the classroom

Classroom Management Series:

  • Understands the challenges of classroom management for new substitute teachers
  • Can identify how student behaviors communicate needs
  • Understands the differences between proactive and responsive classroom management
  • Understands and can implement basic proactive strategies including communicating expectations, building rapport, and facilitating transitions
  • Understands and can implement basic responsive strategies including de-escalation, positive reinforcement, channeling, and immediate intervention
  • Can identify and implement appropriate academic and rapport-building activities, when needed, to ensure ongoing student engagement
  • Can recognize and implement established classroom routines and expectations
  • Knows how to identify and manage their own bias and triggers as a classroom manager
  • Knows how to proactively avoid power struggles or challenges with students

Facilitating Instruction Series:

  • Understands the elements and functionality of a modern classroom
  • Knows how to read, implement, and lead a lesson
  • Understands the 4 phases of a lesson
  • Understands and can implement multiple strategies to Check For Understanding throughout the lesson
  • Understands and can utilize common instructional strategies
  • Knows how to supplement or extend a lesson, when appropriate
  • Knows how to organize and manage small groups of learners
  • Knows how to facilitate and transition between whole group, small group, and individual student learning tasks
  • Understands that students have diverse needs and can demonstrate flexibility in seeking to support all learners to participate in planned activities
  • Understands how to enhance a lesson to increase engagement and learning or introduce an alternative lesson if absolutely necessary


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

Key Benefits of Credit Validation Courses

Make Your Work Count

Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

Advance Faster

Save money by earning credit for work you completed and get one step closer to salary advancement.

Work Towards a Degree

Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.