FAQs- Substitute Teachers

I want to become a substitute teacher with SFUSD. What are the requirements? 

To become a substitute, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications described below:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • Negative TB test administered 60 days of hire
  • Clearance of fingerprint background check
  • Be available for assignments at least once a week, particularly on Mondays and Fridays
  • Be flexible and willing to work all SFUSD schools, particularly at our High Potential Schools
  • Work at least 5 days during the first semester or a minimum of 10 days by the end of the school year

What is the application process?

The application process begins with your online application, which includes questions about your background and experience. Additionally, references are required and will be contacted via email. The Sub office pre-screensall applications carefully to determine next steps.

What salary will I earn as a substitute teacher?


  • Day-to-Day Substitutes & Retired Teacher Day-to-Day Substitutes daily rate $316.33
  • Prop A Substitutes daily rate of $396.33
  • Early Ed Substitutes hourly rate of $45.20


  • 10 day bonus: an additional $37.91 per day is earned after working ten (10) consecutive days in the same assignment. After the 10th day the additional amount is paid retroactively.
  • High Potential School bonus: an additional $20.79 per day is earned for every assignment at a High Potential School
  • Quality Teacher and Education Act (QTEA) bonus: substitutes may be eligible for one of the following bonuses per semester, whichever is greater. Bonuses will be paid after the semester has ended.
    • $200 for teaching at least sixty (60) days per semester
    • $400 for teaching at least fifty (50) days per semester in High Potential school(s)

Will I be eligible for benefits as a substitute teacher?

During their first year of hire, Day-to-Day Substitutes are unfortunately not eligible for district-subsidized health or dental benefits. However, in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, at the end of each fiscal year (6/30), the District conducts a "Look Back", in which it calculates the hours that each employee has worked that year.

  • Employees who work a minimum average of 20-29 hours per week from the beginning of the school year will be eligible for healthcare coverage for the following school year. You can read more about substitute healthcare coverage here.
  • Please note that this only applies to employees who have worked an entire school year; if you are hired mid-school year, you unfortunately won't be eligible for the Look Back that school year.
  • Employees must work the same average hours per week minimum the following school year in order to keep health insurance coverage for the current school year.

How do I apply for my substitute permit?

Candidates who receive an offer letter after the interview will receive the onboarding packet with detailed instructions on how to apply for a substitute permit with the California Teaching Commission. We strongly ask that you do not apply or submit your own application documents directly to the CTC as this can cause a delay of up to 9 months.

Here is a presentation guide of the 4 requirements needed to successfully apply for the permit with the assistance of the Substitute team.

I am a student teacher; do I need to apply or interview?

If you are officially enrolled in a SFUSD Teacher Pipeline Program, please apply to the TK-12 Student Teacher Teacher Substitute Role application here. Once we confirm your enrollment in one of the SFUSD Teacher Pipeline Programs, and your references are verified, the interview is waived and you will receive the onboarding packet. 

If you are not officially enrolled in a SFUSD Teacher Pipeline Program, please apply to the TK-12 Day-to-Day Substitute Teacher role here

I never received a reference form. What should I do?

You will not receive a reference form, the individuals you listed as references will receive an email from noreply@sfusd.edu with a questionnaire.

My reference hasn't received the questionnaire. What should I do?

Please have your references search in their inbox and/or spam/junk folder for an email from noreply@sfusd.edu. 

I was a sub for SFUSD in the past; do I need to reapply?

Yes; all individuals who are not currently active substitutes need to submit an application.

I have another position with SFUSD; do I need to reapply?

Yes; all individuals who are not currently active substitutes need to submit an application.