Atlanta Public Schools

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How to Become a Substitute 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Substitute employee with Atlanta Public Schools!

Atlanta Public Schools requires the best-qualified teaching and non-teaching substitutes to serve our students. Continuity in the learning process is supported via the placement of substitute employees during absences of the regular employee.

Who To Contact?

Please submit questions to the following email address: substituteservices@atlanta.k12.ga.us

You can also give us a call 404-802-2380.

ELIGIBILITY DETAILS:

  • Substitute applicants must pass the Atlanta Public Schools Fingerprint/Background Check.
  • Eligibility for renewal each year is met by completing the minimum work requirement established by Substitute Services and by adhering to Board policy and procedures.
  • Substitutes work on an on-call, as-needed basis, with reasonable assurance to work during the current school year.
  • Substitute work is not guaranteed for any APS holiday or vacation period.

***Substitute applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Please click HERE to see Substitute Job Postings.

Substitute Category Requirement Details

Certified Substitute Teacher
  • $180 per day/$24 per hour
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Valid, professional Georgia teaching certificate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend and follow directives
Non-Certified Substitute Teacher
  • $135.00 per day/$18 per hour
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited college or university or a PSC approved institution. Verifiable by transcript or diploma.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend and follow directives
  • Training requirement
    • Satisfy one of the following:
      • Online Substitute Training Course ($39.95 fee) with a composite passing score of at least 80% OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional teaching certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, paraprofessional teaching certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional service certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional leadership certificate issued by a state credentialing agency
Substitute Paraprofessional
  • $112.50 per day/$15 per hour 
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Training requirement
    • Satisfy one of the following:
      • Online Substitute Training Course ($39.95 fee) with a composite passing score of at least 80% OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional teaching certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, paraprofessional teaching certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional service certificate issued by a state credentialing agency OR
      • Provide proof of a valid or expired, professional leadership certificate issued by a state credentialing agency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to comprehend and follow directives

The below categories are for extended leave replacement and vacant positions only. Requires PRIOR HR authorization.

Substitute Assistant Principal

Rate of pay per day: $261

Minimum Education Requirement: 

VALID GA Leadership Certification

Selection is subject to approval by the Executive Director of Talent Management

Substitute Principal

Rate of pay per day: $360.98

Minimum Education Requirement: 

VALID GA Leadership Certification

Selection is subject to approval by the Executive Director of Talent Management

Long Term Requirements:

An assignment is considered “Long Term” when a substitute works in the same assignment for 20 consecutive days.

To be paid the “Long Term Pay Rate” ($210 per day/$28 per hour), ALL of the following criteria must be met:

  • The substitute must work 20 consecutive days in the same assignment.
  • The substitute must posses a valid, Georgia Teaching certificate.
  • The substitute’s certification must match the certification required for the assignment.

* Only teaching assignments are eligible for the long term pay rate.*

Detailed Application Process

Complete Application

  • All required documents must be uploaded to your application before consideration of employment
  • Complete application via Career Connections
  • Upload all supporting documents to complete the application process
  • Check job posting for a list of required documents.

Complete Online Substitute Training

  • The Online Substitute Training Course is $39.95 per person and can be purchased online with a Visa or Mastercard. The course is designed by Utah State University Substitute Teaching Institute and delivered by STEDI.org.
  • Completion of the Online Substitute Training Course with a composite passing score of at least 80% is required to receive a SubDiploma.
  • Upload the SubDiploma to your Atlanta Public School’s application as proof of the substitute training requirement.
  • A valid/expired teaching  OR valid/expired paraprofessional certificate exempts an applicant from taking the online Substitute Training Course. If exempt, upload a copy of your certificate of application.

Click HERE for more information on the Online Substitute Training Course

Hiring Process

Application Status Updates

Applicants can obtain real-time, application status updates via the online application account. Due to the large volume of applications, Substitute Services does not provide individual application status updates. We will only be able to contact those applicants who have met all requirements and are most actively being considered for a position.