Substitute Teacher Qualifications, Requirements and Pay Rates

    • 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)
    • criminal background check — at the orientation session, you will schedule an appointment to return for fingerprinting (the cost to the applicant is $47)

    Substitute Interviews

    Those who are interested in substitute teaching for the 2018-19 school year and who meet the above qualifications are asked to call (703) 619-8320 to schedule an interview.  You may also email

    Substitute Orientations

    Upon successful completion of an interview, a mandatory Substitute Orientation will be held 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.

    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.


    Pay Rates for Substitutes

    Job Type

    Short Term Rate

    Long Term Rate




    Paraprofessional I/II/Kindergarten/ELL






    School Nurse/Para III*



    *Valid license required