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Submit an application, onboard and more

Individuals who are interested in substitute teaching and who meet the qualifications (listed below) may complete an online application and upload their transcripts.

Substitute Qualifications

  • A minimum of 48 hours of college credit
  • 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)
  • A criminal background check (at the orientation session, you will schedule an appointment to return for fingerprinting – the cost to the applicant is $37)


  • Upon successful completion of an interview, a mandatory Substitute Orientation will be held at ACPS Central Office, on the fifth floor at 1340 Braddock Place, Alexandria, VA 22314.
  • 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.

Orientation Schedule

8:30 a.m. – General Information - Substitute Assignment System (Frontline)
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. – English Learner Training
2:00 p.m. – Break
2:15 p.m. – Special Education Training
3:30 p.m. – Dismissal
Agendas are subject to change.

Pay Rates 

  • Substitutes are paid in daily, or half-day increments. A half-day is defined as 3 hours and 45 minutes or less.


  • Short Term Rate: $124.50/ day
  • Long Term Rate: $172.09 / day

Paraprofessional I/II/Kindergarten/ELL

  • Short Term Rate: $105 / day
  • Long Term Rate: $105 / day
  • Administrator (valid license required)
  • Short Term Rate: $183.86 / day
  • Long Term Rate: $300 / day
  • School Nurse/Para III (valid license required)
  • Short Term Rate: $200 / day
  • Long Term Rate: $200 / day

Sign in to the Substitute Management System to Apply and More

Substitute Assignment Manager (Frontline)


Quick Reference Guide for Substitutes (PDF)

Training Video for Substitutes (2:45 min)


Quick Reference Guide for Employees (PDF)

Training Video for Employees (4:25 min)

Mobile App Guide (Employee Only) (PDF)

Setting up Favorite Substitutes (PDF)

Campus Users

Quick Reference Guide for Campus Users (PDF)

Interactive Training (30 minutes)

Setting up Preference Lists (PDF)