Substitute Teacher Information - Qualifications, Requirements and Pay Rates

  • Substitute Management System

    Substitute Assignment Manager (Frontline)

    Quick reference guides and training videos for the Frontline Substitute Assignment Manager:

    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)

    Substitute Interviews

    Those who are interested in substitute teaching for the 2021-22 school year and who meet the above qualifications are asked to first complete an online application and upload their transcripts. 

    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 Trainin
    3:30 p.m. – Dismissal

    Agendas are subject to change.

    Pay Rates for Substitutes

    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: $110 / day
    • Long Term Rate: $157.59 / 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