Masters Thesis

Elementary teachers' perceptions of substitute teachers' qualification, training, and duties

This study investigated elementary teachers’ perceptions of substitute teachers, their qualifications, training, and professional development. A survey was used to collect responses from participants recruited via non-random convenient sampling. The participants in this study are teachers of record from elementary schools in urban Los Angeles Unified School District, and a foreign Arab country. Results suggest the expanding role of substitute teachers due to the increased need for them in K-12 teaching. The findings suggest that substitute teachers are also essential in guiding students to higher academic achievement. In order to foster this achievement, the administration should select substitute teachers with higher qualifications and provide them with training and development opportunities. It is recommended that substitute teachers should be afforded a more formal and standardized role in elementary schools. It is also recommended that they should be offered career pathways to join the profession full time.