Substitute Teacher Information - Qualifications, Requirements and Pay Rates

  • Substitute Management System

    Effective 7/1/2019, ACPS will be implementing a new system for substitute management which will replace SAM (Smartfind Express).  The new system is called Frontline.  Both employees and substitutes will receive an email from the new system the week of July 22, 2019 which will provide the login information and instructions.

    Link to Substitute Assignment Manager (Frontline)

    Below you will find links to quick reference guides and training videos for the Frontline Substitute Assignment Manager.

    - Substitutes

    - Employees

    - Campus Users

    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)
    • criminal background check — at the orientation session, you will schedule an appointment to return for fingerprinting (the cost to the applicant is $37)

    Substitute Interviews

    Those who are interested in substitute teaching for the 2019-20 school year and who meet the above qualifications are asked to first complete and online application and upload their transcripts. Once complete please send an email expressing your interest in an interview to If you have any questions on this process please contact Maria Jones at (703) 619-8171. 

    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 - 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 for Substitutes

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

    Job Type

    Short Term Rate

    Long Term Rate




    Paraprofessional I/II/Kindergarten/ELL






    School Nurse/Para III*



    *Valid license required