Substitute/Temporary Positions

  • Where can I apply for a Substitute Teacher/Teacher Assistant position with AACPS?

    To apply, click the following link:

    When can I apply for a Substitute Teacher/Teacher Assistant position with AACPS?

    The Substitute Teacher/Teacher Assistant application is open from the third week of August through the second week of May of each school year.   

    What are the qualifications to be a substitute teacher?

    Substitute Teacher applicants are selected for hire based on the following criteria:

    • Minimum of 48 college credits
    • Written and verbal communication skills
    • Background Check (conducted after offer is made and performed by an agency designated by AACPS)
    • Minimum of one professional reference from the current or most recent supervisor. References from friends, co-workers, or other personal references are not acceptable
    • Availability


    What is the pay for substitute teachers?




    Education Level


    Daily Rates


    Long term 11+ days*




    Associates or Non-Degree (48+ college credits)


    $105.88 full day/ $52.94 half day




    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher


    $120 full day / $60 half day


    $150.00 full day / $75 half day

    Teacher Assistant/ ParaEducator


    All Education Levels


    $95.66 full day/ $47.83 half day


    $105.88 full day/ $52.94 half day

    *Long Term assignment is one that is for 11+ days. A Substitute must work the first 11 consecutive days in order to retain the long-term rate.

    Will an unofficial transcript be accepted in lieu of an official?

    No. We require an official transcript from your college/university before your application will move forward.


    Will the Substitute Office accept a paper copy or email submission of my official transcript?

    Yes, we accept both. Official transcripts must be sent to us directly from the educational institutions via postal mail or electronic submission. If the documents were sent directly to you, you may hand deliver them or mail them to us in the original sealed envelope. 

    What if I am having trouble uploading attachments or I don’t have a scanner?

    Scanners are available at most public libraries or office supply stores. Applicants are responsible for completion of the application requirements. 

    How do I know if my application is complete?

    • You have completed and submitted an online application. 
    • You have uploaded a professional resume with college and career experience listed.
    • We have received an official college transcript showing a minimum of 48 college credits.
    • One acceptable reference has been received. You can log into your profile in our applicant tracking system to see if your reference(s) has been returned. If it has not been returned, please follow up with the person whom you wish to provide the reference. You can also add additional names.

    We will not review your application until all the above criteria have been met. Submitting an online application does not mean it is complete.

    My application is submitted and is now complete. When will I hear from AACPS?

    We make every effort to frequently check applications for completeness and qualifications. If your application is selected, you will receive an email with the date and details for the next scheduled orientation and processing date.

    What if I am already employed with AACPS in another capacity?

    You must still apply and provide an official transcript if you have never submitted one to the Division of Human Resources.

    What if my application is not selected?

    If your application is not selected, most likely it is because you did not meet one or more of the requirements. The status of your application will be changed to “Application Considered”.

    What happens if I am selected as a sub?

    You will receive an email if your application is selected. We will schedule you for a New Employee Processing Session and email you the employee hiring documents along with instructions on how to begin the background check process. 

    Do I have to be fingerprinted and/or clear the background check even if I have been fingerprinted and cleared by another agency?

    Yes, all new employees must be fingerprinted by the approved AACPS agency and must clear the State of Maryland law SB541/HB486 background investigations. The fee for fingerprinting is $58.25.

    When will I be able to begin substituting?

    Newly hired substitutes will be able to search for and accept jobs approximately 3-5* business days after all required employment and background requirements have been completed.

    *This time frame could be longer during our peak hiring seasons for other positions.

    How often will I have to work to remain active as a Substitute teacher?

    You are expected to accept jobs regularly in order to continue as a Substitute Teacher.

    Am I eligible for benefits or paid leave as a substitute teacher?

    Substitute teachers are temporary employees and not eligible for benefits.

    As temporary employees, Substitute teachers are eligible to accrue leave. For details, go to: