Substitute Teaching

The NYCDOE is hiring substitute teachers! We are looking for committed, compassionate, positive educators who are ready to make a difference for NYC students. Apply today!

On this page, you will find information about the position and how to apply.

If you are interested in becoming a substitute teacher, you can apply using this form. Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified about next steps.

NYCDOE Substitute Teacher Interest Form


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).

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Online nomination by a school Principal (or by the DOE central office, via the online application form)
  • 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

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