In the state of Florida, you must be fingerprinted to undergo a criminal background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). You cannot work as a substitute teacher if you do not pass the background check or if you have had a professional license revoked, suspended, or voluntarily surrendered.
If you plan on substitute teaching within a single district, you can contact their human resources department to go through their application process. Some districts have additional requirements that you must meet before you can begin as a substitute teacher. It is also recommended that you look carefully at pay rates, as districts typically pay lower rates to internal substitutes.
With Senya, you have the ability to work with many schools and districts, and pay rates are higher! When you sign up with Senya, you will be guided through a simple onboarding process–no application required. It will also walk you through a few easy steps to complete your fingerprinting.
Once your background check gives you clearance to work in schools, you will have a brief video call with a Senya representative to make sure you have a successful start to substitute teaching. The Senya platform makes it easy for you to view and accept substitute teaching jobs in your area. You can see substitute teaching jobs by date, school, grade level, subject area, and pay rate.
What Is on the Senya Platform?
Senya is an app for substitute teachers! The Senya app makes it easy and convenient for you to manage all aspects of substitute teaching:
- step-by-step guidance through onboarding and fingerprinting
- map and list views to compare and accept jobs in your area
- filters and notifications to see the jobs you are most interested in taking
- directions and contacts for schools
- calendars to set your schedule
- reminders for upcoming jobs
- resources to build up your substitute teaching skills
- daily earnings tracker and weekly pay
- direct chat support with Senya Customer Service
Become a Substitute Teacher in Florida through Senya
Step 1: Sign Up on Senya
To sign up, simply download the app onto your mobile device, tablet, or computer. The app is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Step 2: Complete the Onboarding Process
The onboarding process is very easy, and you can complete most items within minutes! The fingerprinting typically takes 15 minutes or less when you go to your appointment, which can all be set up through the app (details below).
You can read more below about the things that you will complete during the onboarding process. This is a lot of information, but don’t worry–once you sign up and begin, you will see for yourself how quickly it can be completed. One of Senya’s most common compliments is how easy the onboarding process is!
Once you enter the app, you will begin the onboarding process by adding basic profile information, such as your full name, home address, email, and phone number. You will also upload a profile picture; make sure that you choose a clear picture that represents yourself well, as schools will be able to see this when you accept jobs.
As part of the onboarding, you will also need to indicate if you are authorized to work in the U.S. and upload a driver’s license, passport, or other state-issued photo ID. Make sure that you submit a photo that is clear and readable.
1. For the schools that we are currently working with in Florida, Senya is authorized to receive your fingerprinting results from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. You must sign a waiver giving your permission for FDLE to share the results.
2. Senya uses the company IdentoGo to do fingerprinting. When you click to schedule an appointment through the Senya app, you will be taken to the IdentoGo website to provide your information, select a nearby location, and set your appointment.
At your appointment, your fingerprints will be taken electronically. Be prepared to pay the cost of fingerprinting online when you set your appointment or in person when you arrive at your appointment. The total cost is $62.25 plus any state or local taxes.
It takes between 3-7 days for your fingerprint background check to be completed by the state of Florida.
3. After setting your appointment, you can go back into the Senya app and mark that you have an appointment; this will allow you to continue through the onboarding items while we wait to receive your resuilts.
While Senya waits to receive your fingerprint background check results, you can explore the Readiness Center for information and videos to prepare you for substitute teaching.
Items in the Readiness Center are marked as Required, Tier Eligibility, or Optional.
There is only 1 required item, indicated with a red tag: You must go into Contractor Information and sign your 1099 contract. This sets you up to work as a contractor (1099 is a reference to the tax designation), allowing you to work as much or as little through Senya as you choose.
Items required for Tier Eligibility are marked with a yellow tag and must be completed to participate in the bonus program. These include policies and preparation videos, which will help you be successful as a substitute. Although there are a lot of policies, almost all of them take less than a minute each to review. The five preparation videos are approximately 5 minutes each.
Optional items are marked with a blue tag and do not affect your ability to view jobs or participate in the bonus program. However, they have useful information and are very quick to complete. You are encouraged to view all items in the Readiness Center.
As part of the onboarding process, you will complete tax information and enter bank information to set up payments. Senya payments are made through the payroll company Everee, so you will receive emails from Everee regarding payments. If you ever have questions or issues, contact Senya for support.
Your first payment will come the week after your first job, with weekly payments after that each Friday.
Video Introduction Call
The final part of onboarding is a brief video introduction call with a member of the Senya team. You will be prompted to set an appointment date and time. The call will take place over Zoom; you should receive an invite once you have made the appointment. Zoom can be downloaded for free on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. If you need technical assistance, you can contact Senya or review online troubleshooting pages from Zoom or other support sites.
During the call, the Senya team member will chat with you about your goals with substitute teaching and answer any questions that you have about the app, the 1099 contract, and anything else. Video introduction calls typically last for 15 minutes or less.
Additional School Requirements
Districts or schools sometimes have their own policies and requirements that go beyond Florida's or Senya's requirements. You can view these additional requirements and decide to pursue any of them that you are interested in to gain more work opportunities.
Follow the directions under each district or school to contact them and complete their additional requirements if interested. Those schools will communicate to Senya when you meet their additional requirements, and you will be able to view and accept those jobs.
Step 3: Begin Substitute Teaching!
Once you have completed the onboarding items, your account will be approved, and you can immediately view and accept substitute teaching jobs!