Substitute Teacher Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • evidence of a negative tuberculin test (or chest x-ray)
  • a completed online application
  • successful completion of an interview
  • attend an orientation session (see below)
  • criminal background check — at the orientation session, you will schedule an appointment to return for fingerprinting (the cost to the applicant is $44)

Substitute Interviews

ACPS will begin to conduct interviews for substitute teaching the week of Sept. 22, 2014. If you wish to be considered, please call 703-619-8320 after Sept. 15 to inquire about scheduling an interview.

Substitute Orientations

Substitute orientations will be held in the Alexandria City Public Schools' Central Office at 1340 Braddock Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. New substitutes are to attend this orientation session only after they have completed an interview.

New substitute teachers will be paid only upon becoming an active substitute in our system and working at least one day. Payment for the orientation session will be included in the first paycheck.

The schedule for the orientation is as follows:



8:30 a.m. General Information - SAM System
9:00 a.m. Classroom Management - Best Practices
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Instructional Planning
12:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m. ESL Training
2:00 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. Special Education Training
3:30 p.m. Dismissal

Agendas are subject to change.