As a substitute teacher for SFUSD, you will be responsible for the continued learning of all students in your classroom when the teacher of record is absent, maintain a safe and supportive classroom culture, and collaborate with other teachers and administrators to ensure a successful school day. You will be able to explore and forge relationships with different school sites, age groups and program models throughout the district.

Specifically, you will:

  • Execute the full schedule of the regular teacher. This includes the classroom day, study halls, yard duty, and any special duties performed by the absent teacher.
  • Implement the lesson plans for the class to which they are assigned and correct classroom assignments and homework received, as time permits.
  • Create and maintain classroom control and discipline that fosters a safe and productive learning environment in accordance with school policies
  • Create and maintain a climate of respect and fairness for all students
  • Escalate to school administrators as appropriate when a serious discipline problem arises.
  • Leave adequate notes regarding what was accomplished in class, a description of problems that may have occurred and resolutions to said problems, a lesson plan for the next day if applicable, and any other information that may be required by an administrator.
  • Report to school promptly, if not before, the scheduled start time of each assignment
  • Work a minimum of 10 days per academic school year

*If you are interested in substitute paraeducator positions, please see the Paraeducators page.




  • Substitutes are paid either a daily or hourly rate, depending on the position. 
  • Substitutes also receive a series of bonuses depending on where and what type of assignments they accept.


During their first year of hire, most 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 and informs eligibility for coverage the following year.



  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
  • 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, at least one day per week, or a minimum of 10 days by the end of the school year



We are thrilled you're interested in joining SFUSD! If you are interested in a substitute teaching position, please apply below. To complete this application, you will need a resume and contact info for two references. You may save your application and log out at any time, then return later to complete it. 

If you have questions about your application or about the process more broadly, please contact us at


Substitute - Frequently Asked Questions 

Substitute frequently asked questions are available here.