Substitute Teaching


Substitute Teachers are used by the New York City public schools, on an as-needed basis, to cover the classroom in the absence of the regular (full-time) Teachers. The primary role of a Substitute Teacher is to continue student learning along the continuum, established by the absent full-time teacher. The responsibilities of the Substitute Teacher in the classroom may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Planning lessons
  • Teaching students
  • Managing the classroom
  • Performing administrative tasks
  • Promoting positive student behavior
  • Ensuring the safety and security of the students

Pay Rate and Representation

Substitute Teachers are paid at the per diem contractual rate of $211.41 (as of January 18, 2024). This is for the actual days they have worked. They do not receive any benefits.

Substitute Teachers are represented by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

The Hiring Process 

Substitute Teacher nominations are now closed for the 2023-24 school year. If you are interested in becoming a Substitute Teacher, please obtain a nomination from a New York City Public Schools principal when nominations open for school year 2024-25. Substitute Teachers are expected to provide service to the schools that nominate them. 

Eligibility Requirements

The minimum eligibility requirements to apply for a Substitute Teacher position are the following:

  • Online nomination by a school Principal
  • A Bachelor's Degree
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking the English language
  • Authorization to work in the United States

Paid Teaching Experience Verification

Substitute Teachers, active or former, may request verification of paid substitute teaching service for the purpose of obtaining NYS initial or professional teacher certification by completing the Paid Teaching Experience Request Form.

Verification Requests will only be processed for those who have:

  • Submitted an application for NYS initial or professional teacher certification 
  • Worked as a substitute teacher in the NYS certification area for which they are applying
  • Paid the NYS application fee

To apply for Certification, please visit the NYS Education Department’s ‘Applying for a Certificate’ page for further information. 

Retired Teacher Nominations for Substitute Positions

See this information on the process for retired teachers interested in becoming per diem substitute teachers