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 $199.27 (as of May 14, 2021). 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 open. If you are interested in becoming a Substitute Teacher, please obtain a nomination from a New York City Public Schools principal.

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

Retired Teacher Nominations for Substitute Positions

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