Substitute – Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be certified to substitute for your districts?
I used to substitute for you and I would like to come back on the list. What do I have to do?
Do you hire permanent or long term substitutes?
Do you coordinate substitutes for summer school?
I was fingerprinted for the NYSED OSPRA database once already. Do I have to be printed again? How do I tell if my fingerprints are on file? What if I was fingerprinted for the New York City Board of Education?
Guidelines for Substitutes
Certified Teacher Substitutes
- Certified teacher substitutes will be notified of positions up to three days prior to the position starting.
- A Certified teacher can see all available positions online at any time.
- Certified teacher substitutes can work in any capacity, up to 40 days within a position.
Teacher Substitutes Working Towards a Certificate
- Can work in any capacity for up to 40 days within a position.
- College coursework can not be less than six semester hours per year.
Uncertified Teacher Substitutes
- Uncertified Teacher Substitutes will be notified of positions 12 hours prior to the position starting. An uncertified teacher substitute will only see online positions 12 hours before the start of the position.
- Uncertified Teacher Substitutes may work no more than 40 days in a school district or BOCES in a school year.
NOTE: Certified substitutes, legally, must be called before an Uncertified Teacher Substitute.
Local District Requirements
School districts may have additional local requirements for individuals who are employed as substitute teachers.