Substitute Teaching

The Nomination Process

Applications for Substitute Teaching positions are only made available to individuals who have been nominated by a school principal, using our online process. Each school may nominate candidates for the position based on:

  • The current or projected vacancies (number, location, schedule, etc.)
  • The special requirements for some positions (foreign language proficiency, math, science, certification in physical education, etc.).

If you are interested in becoming a Substitute Teacher, contact the school(s) of your choice directly during an nomination period . If you retired from a teaching position in the NYC public schools, you are eligible for the expedited process outlined below.

Please be advised that all Substitute Teacher nominations are currently closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When the nomination period reopens, we will make the announcement on this page.

If you are currently employed as a substitute teacher with the NYCDOE, please visit the Substitute Teachers page on the Employee InfoHub.

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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 $193.47 (as of May 14, 2020). 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
  • A Bachelor's Degree
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking the English language
  • Authorization to work in the United States

The Hiring Process

After a principal has nominated you using the online nomination form, you will receive an email with instructions on accessing and completing the online application for the Substitute Teacher position. After you submit the application, you will receive an email listing the next steps necessary to work as a substitute teacher in New York City public schools. The first of these steps is to complete the mandatory employment forms, and any follow up requirements shown therein (e.g., fingerprinting).

Next Steps

The subsequent steps to be followed will differ from one nominee to another, based upon your NY State teacher certification status:

Do you hold a valid NY State teaching certificate?

You will be invited to attend an expedited processing event. At this Fast-Track processing event, you must:

  • Present a valid government photo identification (passport, current non-expired driver’s license or state ID)
  • Submit the following:
    • Original copy of a valid NY State teaching certificate (or a print-out from TEACH Online)
    • $70 Money Order payable to the NYC Department of Education (processing fee)

Do you not have NY State certification as a teacher?

You will be invited to attend a Combined Assessment and Processing event. There you will:

  • Take written and oral assessments to determine English language proficiency.
  • Present a valid government photo identification (passport, current non-expired driver’s license or state ID)
  • Submit:
    • Bachelor’s Degree diploma or official transcript indicating Bachelor’s Degree conferral date
    • $100 money order payable to the NYC Department of Education (processing fee)
    • Proof of completion for the NY State Education Department-approved workshop on Child Abuse Identification.
    • Proof of completion for the NY State Education Department-approved workshop on School Violence Prevention
    • Proof of completion for the NY State Education Department-approved workshop on the Dignity for All Students Act
    • Proof of completing the DOE supported and authorized online training program for Substitute Teachers.
      • There is no additional fee for this online training program.
      • Information on this online training program will be provided to you after you have been nominated.
    • Proof of creating an online profile with the NY State Education Department, Office of Teaching Initiatives.
      • There is no additional fee for creating the online profile.

Upon successful completion of all the above requirements, you will receive information on the following:

  • Handling Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • The DOE absence management system (SubCentral) for Substitute Teachers

You need to review these prior to your teaching assignment.


Provided you receive clearance (fingerprint and appraisal of record) from the DOE Office of Personnel Investigations, you will be staffed as a Substitute Teacher and approved to serve throughout the New York City Public Schools for the current school year.

Continuation of Substitute Status

To continue substitute status for the next school year, you are required to fulfill the renewal requirements, which are updated annually.

The renewal requirements include:

  • Providing at least 20 days of service as a substitute teacher during the school year.
  • Maintaining a record of “Satisfactory” ratings from the schools worked in and be in good standing (as determined by the Office of Personnel Investigations).
  • Substitute teachers who work in excess of 40 days and do not hold valid NY State Teacher certification, must also complete the following:
    • Proof of Teacher Education courses totaling at least 6 credits during that year or meet the maximum requirement of 21 credits.

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