Substitute Teaching Opportunities 

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Substitute teachers serve a vital role in maintaining classroom instruction during a regular teacher’s absence. DC Public Schools is actively seeking substitute teachers who demonstrate:

  • Commitment to student learning
  • Subject area knowledge
  • Passion for working with children

Substitute teaching offers an opportunity to impact students in one of the most dynamic urban school districts in the country while maintaining schedule and location flexibility.

DCPS Substitute Employment Application

The substitute application for School Year 2014-15 will close March 15, 2015. We will reopen the application for School Year 2015-16 on June 15, 2015.

Additional Information

We are excited to offer some of the most competitive pay in the region.  Substitute teachers at DCPS are paid either $60 for a half-day or $120 for a full-day, regardless of background, work history, or length of assignment.

Full day substitute teaching jobs are from 8am to 3:30pm. While many jobs are daily, some may extend for several days or weeks.


Substitutes have the option of receiving daily job offers from schools all throughout the district, or they may work only at schools convenient to them. For a list of all our schools, please visit our school profiles page.


In order to be considered for the position, candidates must hold a valid Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution. Candidates must also apply for a Substitute License from The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). All licensure must be issued by OSSE. We regret that we cannot accept out-of-state licensure.

Application Process

Upon reviewing your application, you may be invited to interview with us. Our group interview is an integral part of the application process. We want to meet you in person, and we want to see what you can do. 

If you are selected for hire, you will also be required to pass a fingerprinting/background check, a tuberculosis test, and a drug test. Then, at the orientation session, we confirm that you have completed all the steps required for hire, and you can sign your official DCPS offer letter. Only after you sign your offer letter will you be entered into SmartFind Express, our automated system that Substitute Teachers use to find assignments and keep track of working hours..


If you have any questions about Substitute Teaching with DC Public Schools, please feel free to email us at or call us at 202-442-4090.

Notice of Drug Testing

This position is a safety-sensitive position.  All safety-sensitive positions are subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing in accordance with the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Act of 2004.  If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to submit to testing for illegal drug use prior to employment, and your employment shall be contingent upon negative test results.  If you are appointed into this position, you shall be subject to mandatory random drug and alcohol testing throughout your employment.

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